Porsche has introduced a brand new iteration of their high-volume selling Cayenne Sport Utility Vehicle, but of course you already knew that. This was Porsche’s last model to receive a recent facelift, and now carries over many features that were introduced in other Porsche models. For instance, the new Cayenne now has the Panamera’s large-screen center stack display and touch-screen buttons on the center console, this console should be carried over to all Porsche models in the next update for each model remaining without them. There is the three-mode switch and “sport response button’ feature on the steering wheel of the Cayenne, which we’ve previously seen on the 991.2, 718 Boxster and Cayman, and new Panamera models.
New Chassis and More
The new Cayenne is a brand new chassis, unrelated to the “958” generation that came before it. When Porsche does a new chassis, they generally make a lot of improvements, and the new Cayenne is no different. For example, the Cayenne now has optional rear-wheel steering that we’ve already seen on the 911 and Panamera models. There are new engines (V6, V6 Turbo, and V8 Turbo), a new 8-speed Tiptronic traditional torque converter automatic (with improved shift points, and much faster shifts), as well as new construction techniques and handling characteristics. If the Cayenne is something you want to learn more about, the engineers in the video above will walk you through the minutiae.
The video itself is a bit dry in that it’s narrated by a few German engineers with a singular translator voiceover guy talking in steady state monotone. Even still, it’s worth your time to sit down and watch, however, as you might learn a thing or two about the new Cayenne. It’s actually a highly interesting Porsche. Even as the large SUV of the lineup, it’s fun to learn how much the engineers have cribbed from their proper sportscars to make this big one even better.