TORONTO—Porsche is introducing what it is calling the third generation of its trademark crossover sport utility vehicle, the 2019 Cayenne.
The new Porsche is launching in two variants:
The standard Cayenne has a six-cylinder three-litre turbo engine, capable of delivering 340 horsepower (hp) and 331 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds (5.9 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package). The maximum speed is 245 km/h.
The Cayenne S is driven by a 2.9-litre V6 engine with twin turbocharging. This engine, which has been newly developed, delivers 440 hp—20 hp more than its predecessor—and achieves a torque figure of 406 lb-ft. The S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds ( 4.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package). The maximum speed is 265 km/h.
The third edition of the SUV now has mixed tires and rear-axle steering for the first time—sports car inspired features—along with a new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox, active all-wheel drive, Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control electronic roll stabilization system.
The car also boasts high-performance brakes with a tungsten-carbide coating, designed to increase friction value and reduce brake dust.
Despite the increase in standard equipment, Porsche asserts that this car weighs 65 kg less than its predecessor, improving fuel economy.
The company also says the Cayenne remains ideal for off-road use, with programmed off-road modes to deal with mud, gravel, sand or rocks.
When it comes to design, the new Cayenne has enlarged air intakes, reduced roof height, an extended length and a larger luggage compartment.
The cabin has a 12.3-inch HD touchscreen, voice control, and access to online services and the Internet. The central command system also features a night vision camera, computerized lane change and parking assistance, and adaptive cruise control.
The wide array of interior features can also be customized for individual drivers. Up to six profiles can be configured depending on who is in the driver’s seat.
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne is coming to Canada next summer. Pricing starts at $75,500 for the standard and $92,600 for the sport model.