Rated as probably the best all-round crossover on the market today, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne, among other things, offers an indulgent and sporty character. A rarity that most vehicles in its segment fall short off. Some of its prowess can be attributed to its wide array of engines, its ability to be customized, a plug-in hybrid model, and a rewarding handling. Its release date, although speculative at the moment due to the scanty data available to us, should be expected in the Autumn of next year.
Most automakers would deem four engines to be a more-than enough diversity to offer its customers, however, Porsche seems to suggest otherwise. The Cayenne offers up to six engines that offers an output ranging from the base’s “humble” 300 horsepower to the breathtaking 520 hp.
Beyond its engines, the vehicle provides bells and whistles that cater for a variety of desires. We will discuss the details below according to what is offered per trim level. It’s been difficult to figure out what just the Cayenne misses and despite offering a limited cargo capacity, a high price tag, and a relatively small touchscreen, there is virtually nothing else the vehicle doesn’t cater for.
Some of its chief rivals that come with a lower price tag include the 2018 BMW X5, the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE. Although, its competitors offer upscale amenities, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne is hard to beat in terms of luxury, performance, and efficiency.
Available Trims – Porsche Cayenne
The five-passenger Porsche Cayenne for 2018 comes in a whopping seven trims: Base, Diesel, S, E E-Hybrid, GTS, Turbo, and the Turbo S trim.
Interior News & Exterior Changes – 2018 Porsche Cayenne
Some of the features that will be offered in the 2018 Cayenne include automatic climate control (dual-zone), power folding heated mirrors, daytime LED running lights and taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 7” touchscreen display, a partial leather upholstered seats, a cooled glovebox, foglights, xenon headlights, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a USB interface, a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel.
The S adds a sunroof, driver memory settings, 19-inch wheels, mirror-mounted turn signals, a power adjustable steering wheel, and speed sensitive variable steering effort.
Picking the S E-Hybrid will get you a 3.6kW onboard charger, smartphone app integration, adaptive suspension dampers, an energy management display, and Porsche’s Car Connect with E-mobility.
Opting for the GTS trim will get you 20” wheels, a 14-way front power seats, LED foglights, an adjustable air suspension system, unique exterior styling elements, a partial simulated suede upholstery, tinted taillights, and a selectable sport suspension system.
The Turbo, which offers a V8-powered turbocharged engine offers standard 18-way heated adaptive front seats, HD and satellite radio, a 14-speaker sound system, heated front and rear seats, full leather interior, LED adaptive headlights, rear outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel.
The Turbo S trim offers standard PTV Plus (side-to-side torque-vectoring aft differential), a carbon fiber interior trim, ultra-high performance carbon-ceramic brakes, PDCC (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control), a more powerful V8 engine, and a Sport Chrono package.
2018 Porsche Cayenne Engine Specifications
For reduced fuel consumption, all trims come equipped with the stop-start feature. Additionally, the AWD system is standard, as is the eight-speed automatic transmission system. All other models except for the Diesel and S E-Hybrid come with an active system that adds locking rear differential and two additional off-road modes.
The base Cayenne comes equipped with a – 300 hp and 295 pounds of torque – producing 3.6L V6 engine. It is projected to sprint to 60 mph in about 7.3 seconds. EPA ratings stand at 19/24/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
A 3.0L Diesel V6 powers the Cayenne Diesel trim. Its output – 240 hp and 406 lbs. ft. of torque powers all the four wheels via the standard eight-speed automatic transmission system. Output stands at 20/29/23 mpg.
The Cayenne S offers a 3.6L turbocharged V6 engine rated at 420 horsepower and 406 lbs. ft. of torque. It only takes it 5.4 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph.
The plug-in S E-Hybrid features a 3.0L supercharged V6 engine combined with an electric motor offer a solid output of 416 horsepower and 435 pounds of torque. The model is expected to offer a stunning performance of 5.2 seconds from a 0-60 mph sprint. Fuel ratings are estimated to be 21/24/22 mpg.
Finally, a 4.8L turbocharged engine behemoth rated at a whopping 520 hp and 553 lbs. ft. of torque comes equipped under the hood of the Cayenne Turbo. Elevating the output to 570 hp and 590 pounds of torque is the Turbo S model that also takes an astounding 3.8 seconds to accelerate from 0-60mph.
Price Estimate & Date Of Release – 2018 Porsche Cayenne
Rumors allege the vehicle will possibly be released in Autumn next year. As for the price, the Cayenne Diesel once available will go for sale for a base MSRP of $62,300, while the Cayenne Hybrid and Cayenne SUV will cost you an MSRP starting from $77,200 and $58,300 respectively.