On sale this May 29, Porsche introduces its new Cayenne range which is better in efficiency and power compared to its older lineup. The highlight of the new lineup is the full hybrid drivetrain which combines the performance of an eight-cylinder with the economy of a six-cylinder with a unique ‘sailing mode’ for lower fuel consumption.
Weight was an important factor to improving the new Cayenne. For example, the new all-wheel drive tranny is lighter having been reduced by almost 400 lb. This resulted in an increase in fuel consumption and agility. The eight-speed automatic also features wider spread gear rations, an Auto Start Stop function and better thermal management for cooling.
Exterior changes include a longer body - nearly 2" more than the predecessor. But the real magic is in the design which has a shape more typical of a Porsche sports car.
Extra space inside and greater everyday usability is also accomplished. The most significant change is the rising center console that extends around the shift knob. The rear has a seat bench that can move back and forth by 6.3" and the backrest angle has three different settings.
The new Cayenne will be offered in Europe under five different model types: the standard, S Hybrid, Diesel, S and Turbo. Stay tuned to find out which models make it stateside.
The Cayenne range starts with the 3.6-liter V6 Cayenne. Power has risen to 300 hp, but fuel consumption has dropped by a fifth - in conjunction with the eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission - to 28.5 mpg.
Cayenne S Hybrid
The Cayenne S Hybrid is not only the cleanest version of the Cayenne with the lowest level of emissions, but also the cleanest Porsche throughout the Company’s entire portfolio. The Cayenne S Hybrid features a 333 hp 3.0 liter supercharged V6 with a 47hp electric motor that returns fuel consumption of 34.4mpg. Together, the two drive units deliver maximum output of 380 hp with the same kind of performance as the Cayenne S with its conventional V8 petrol power unit.
The Cayenne Diesel has a 240hp 3.0 liter V6 engine offering 406 lb-ft of pulling power. In the new car, this powertrain now offers 20% lower fuel consumption, with an mpg of 38.2, increased from 30.4mpg.
The Cayenne S now features a 400hp high-torque 4.8 liter V8 engine. With 15 hp more than the prior model combined with greater economy, this new engine offers significantly better performance overall, just like all models in the new generation of the Cayenne.
Greater efficiency is also an attribute of the Cayenne Turbo, with its 500 hp twin-turbocharged 4.8 liter V8 returning 27.6 mpg.