Porsche’s high-tech SUV is getting a fresh look and some new features— here’s a closer look

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The 2019 Porsche Cayenne S.
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Porsche launched the all-new 2019 Cayenne SUV on Tuesday at a ceremony in the company’s hometown of Stuttgart, Germany.

“We have completely redeveloped our successful model,” Porsche chairman Oliver Blume said in a statement. “It has been visibly and tangibly improved and perfected in all respects. The Cayenne has also been digitalized and networked throughout to give it a forward-thinking design.”

Porsche not only massaged the driving dynamics of an already sporty SUV; it also bolstered the Cayenne’s tech features to bring it in line with a new generation of competitors. The third-generation Cayenne is expected to arrive in US showrooms in mid-2018.

Following is a closer look at the 2019 Porsche Cayenne and its many features.


Immediately, it’s clear that the new Cayenne looks quite a lot like the old Cayenne.

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According to designer Michael Mauer, that was on purpose: “Our primary objective was to accentuate the character of the vehicle. More Porsche, more Cayenne. The new Cayenne is more precise, elegant, athletic and expressive.”

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Porsche will launch its new SUV in two trim levels: the Cayenne and …

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…. the Cayenne S. Expect a host of Turbo, GTS, and S hybrid models to follow.

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The Cayenne will be powered by a 340-horsepower, 3.0-liter turbocharged V6.

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While the S gets a more powerful 440-horsepower, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, both variants get a new eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.

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According to Porsche, the Cayenne hits 60 mph in 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 152 mph. The S sprints to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 164 mph.

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Structurally, the aluminum-intensive Cayenne is 143 pounds lighter while its new rear-axle-steering system is designed to offer greater agility at low speeds while delivering better stability at high speeds.

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All Cayennes get an active Porsche Traction Management all-wheel-drive system. It features off-road driving modes: mud, sand, gravel, rocks.

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Inside, the new Cayenne delivers on Blume’s promise of digitalized SUV.

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Starting with a massive, 12.3-inch HD touchscreen running the latest version of the company’s Porsche Communication Management infotainment system. In addition, the driver’s analog tachometer is flanked by a pair of seven-inch digital displays.

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The new Cayenne PCM infotainment system, which debuted last year on the new Panamera sedan, features online navigation and real-time traffic data. The Cayenne equipped with 4G LTE connectivity.

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In addition, Porsche replaced most of the buttons on the center stack with touch sensitive panels. Owners can also choose from their choice of premium sound systems from Bose and Burmester.

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And then there’s the driver-assistance tech. There is a lot of it. It includes night vision with a thermal-imaging camera, lane-change assist, lane-keep assist with traffic-sign recognition, and traffic assist.

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Let’s not forget about the park-assist feature with surround-view cameras, and, finally, Porsche InnoDrive system with adaptive cruise control.

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The Cayenne delivers bountiful passenger room. After all, this will likely be a family hauler. The large panoramic roof fills the cabin with sunlight.

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With the rear seats up, the Cayenne’s cargo capacity is up 15%, to 27.19 cubic feet.

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Fold down the rear seats, and it’s positively cavernous.

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The 2019 Porsche Cayenne starts at $65,700 while the Cayenne S starts at $82,900.

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