The latest generation Porsche Cayenne had made its official debut last August in the company’s home at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany, and made its first appearance in Malaysia today. It may look similar to the outgoing model, but it is a completely new development. The third incarnation of Porsche’s SUV is now 65 kilograms lighter due to its intelligent lightweight construction, which employs more aluminium for the new chassis, which it now weighs 2,020kg.

Porsche Cayenne Preview 2018

“The new Cayenne promises to be more Porsche and more Cayenne than ever. Our primary objective was to further highlight the character of the vehicle. The new Cayenne is now more precise, elegant, athletic and expressive. The Cayenne has also been digitalised and networked throughout by providing another level of digital connectivity to the cockpit.

Porsche Cayenne Preview 2018

This includes versatility, quality and new cutting-edge driver assistance systems that offer both driver and passengers extraordinary comfort. This is how the Cayenne makes the Porsche experience even more fascinating but remains as a genuine sports car for five,” said Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Auto Performance.

Porsche Cayenne Preview 2018

With a new chassis, the new Cayenne now measures 63mm longer and 9mm lower, yet retaining the same wheelbase as the older model. The growth also adds 100-litres to its boot space to a substantial 770-litres.

Porsche Cayenne Preview 2018

Moving that mass forward is by turbocharged engines and a new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox. There are two types of engines for the new Cayenne models: The regular Cayenne is fitted with a 340 hp three-litre turbo engine makes 40 hp more than the previous model.

Porsche Cayenne Preview 2018

And the 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine in the Cayenne S makes 440hp – an increase of 20hp – capable of reaching speeds of up to 265km/h. Equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the new Cayenne S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in less than five seconds.

Porsche Cayenne Preview 2018

Other clever new features introduced in the new Cayenne are the 48-volt backbone-powered active anti-roll tech, three-chamber air suspension (the advantage of which is more accurate control of vertical wheel movement and a bigger range between Comfort and Sport settings), rear-wheel steering and a selection of drive modes – including Normal, Mud, Gravel, Sand or Rocks. This is all added to the lightweight chassis using a ‘separated link’ front set-up and multilink rear suspension.

Porsche Cayenne Preview 2018

The Cayenne is fitted with new chassis systems and innovative Porsche Advanced Cockpit display and control concept with total connectivity takes both sportiness and comfort to the next level. Despite its steadfast focus on performance and comfort, the new Cayenne remains perfectly suited to off-road use.

Porsche Cayenne Preview 2018

For the first time, the new Porsche SUV features staggered alloys (25mm wider at the rear than the front) and rear-axle steering. In addition, its on-road capabilities are further improved by active all-wheel drive as standard, Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension, the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) electronic roll stabilisation system, and the newly developed high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB).

[Bryan Au]

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