When Porsche announced it was going to produce an SUV, the cries of protest were heard around the world. “How could they betray us? This is the end of the company. Is nothing sacred any more?”
Cayenne and Macaan profits fuel the sports car side of the business.
Porsche definitely started something.
The third-generation Cayenne, the E3 looks familiar. After all, this is the company that has whittled away at the 911 profile for half a decade. The most recent version looks a lot like the original — albeit having bulked up somewhat.
The conservative redesign includes new LED headlights at both ends, and an elegant light strip across the rear. Every body panel in between, is new and made of aluminum. The 2019 Cayenne is slightly longer, taller and wider than the old. It boasts an extra 100 litres of cargo space. Yet it is the 125 kilos lighter than the outgoing model and 215 kilos less than the first generation.
This latest Cayenne boasts five fundamental changes:
- Double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension
- Mostly-aluminum body
- New base engine
- Different transmission
- Unique wheels
New wheels, and tire sizes were chosen to work in tandem with the new suspension, and lower overall weight. The first impression is of a much sharper turn-in, and greater agility. That matches up well with the additional performance afforded by the new 3.0-litre turbo V6, which chops a remarkable 1.7 seconds from the 0-100 time. The base V6 Cayenne now accelerates from rest to 100 in the same time as the first generation equipped with a turbocharged V8.
The eight-speed automatic transmission is sourced from ZF, replacing the Aisin unit used previously.
Inside, in addition to a new look, you’ll find a new PCM (Porsche communication management) system starting with a much larger high-res haptic screen. The redesign has resulted in the removal of 18 buttons from the previously crowded centre console. A pair of 20-cm displays flank the centrally-positioned speedometer.
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne continues at or near the head of the pack it helped create.
- Model: 2019 Porsche Cayenne
- Engine: turbocharged, 3.0-litre V6, 335 horsepower, 332 lb.-ft. of torque, regular fuel, all-wheel-drive
- Transmission: eight speed Tiptronic
- NRCan rating (litres/100km city/highway): NA
- Length: 4,918 mm
- Width: 2,194 mm
- Wheelbase: 2,895 mm
- Weight: 1,985 kg
- Price: $75,500 base, $88,930 as tested, including freight
- Competition: Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes GLE
- Standard equipment: 150-watt, 10-speaker Bose audio system with satellite radio, rear view camera, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, partial leather seats, heated steering wheel, eight-way power-operated heated front seats
- Options on test vehicle: Premium package (dynamic LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, power steering plus, lane change assist, automatic dimming mirrors), $7,110; 20-inch Cayenne design wheels, $1,970; heated rear seats, $600; front and rear park assist, $1,360; brushed aluminum interior package, $1,140
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