Porsche has introduced the third generation of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne. The second was on sale since 2010 and received some changes in 2014. The basic version, 340 hp, part of 87 579 euros. All Cayenne have all-wheel drive.
The design is similar to the previous model. The most notable change is in the later pilots, which now thinner, give a three-dimensional effect and are linked by a strip of ledes. It is 63 mm longer than before (measuring 4918 mm in length) and 9 mm lower.
Two versions have been available since the launch, both with gasoline engines: Cayenne and Cayenne S . The first has a 3.0 liter engine turbocharged supercharged and gives 340 hp (40 more than before). According to Porsche can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.2 seconds and reach 245 km / h of top speed. The Cayenne S version, which costs 107 127 euros, has a 2.9 liter engine with double turbocharger and gives 440 hp (20 more than before). It accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.2 seconds and reaches 265 km / h.
The two versions of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne available are between 55 and 65 kg lighter than those of its predecessor. The body, the floor of the vehicle, the front section and many components of the chassis, which is new, are made of aluminum. For the first time the tires of each axis have a different size. The tires can be from 19 to 21 inches in diameter.
The gearbox, which Porsche calls Tiptronic S, has been redesigned. As before, it is automatic, of torque converter type and eight ratios. The modifications affect the response time (which has been reduced) and the gear ratios in the low gears have also been shortened to improve, among other things, the ability to circulate outside the asphalt (as the previous model lacks reduction gear ) . In addition, the eighth gear is now longer, in order to be able to drive at a steady high rate, consuming less fuel.
The Cayenne has been the vehicle used by Porsche to introduce a new brake technology: Optionally you can buy a higher performance system than the series (called PSCB) whose discs are made of steel and covered with tungsten carbide. The tweezers of this system are painted in white and the coating of the discs makes them look shiny. They can only be associated with 20- and 21-inch wheels. Also as an option, and above the PSCB system, the ceramic brake remains, called PCCB.
For the first time, the Cayenne can have a rear axle with electric steering, a system we have already tested on the 911 , the Panamera and the Audi Q7. It serves to improve the curve stability of the vehicle at high speed and also to reduce the space needed to perform maneuvers at low speed.
It also has an electronic system of active stabilizing bars that compensates for the rolling of the body in the curves; is called PDCC (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control). Now it has electromechanical actuators instead of hydraulic, which reduce the response time and operate thanks to a new electrical system of 48 V. The rest of elements use a traditional system of 12 V. The Audi Q7 also has the same system of bars stabilizers.
The standard suspension on the Cayenne and the Cayenne S is from coil springs. Optionally you can order a pneumatic and variable height. As a novelty in the model (already present in the Panamera), the latter is composed of pneumatic elements of three chambers; each of which is connected independently to the air pressure pump, which gives the possibility of using only one or two of the three chambers. This makes it possible, among other things, to mark more the differences between the sporty and normal driving mode and also to maintain the flexibility of the suspension (and to improve the comfort) when the body rises.
The Cayenne has several driving modes that help to progress with guarantees depending on the condition of the floor by the circula. These act on the height of the suspension and the traction control. By default the Onroad mode, designed for the road, is activated. In addition, there are four ways to move off the asphalt: Gravel, Mud, Sand and Rocks. A differential locking system is available for more complex areas.
Porsche says the trunk has 770 liters of capacity, a volume high and 100 liters higher than the car it replaces. This data includes the spaces of the double bottom and is measured with the backrests of the rear seats located in its most vertical position (there are six positions, in the previous model only two). We do not know if the most upright position of the backrest of the new Cayenne is more than the previous model.
All the Cayenne have, as standard, led lights for all functions. In addition, there are two optional lighting systems. The next to basic, called the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), has curved lighting function and a highway mode of operation. Finally, the PDLS Plus system consists of 84 diodes that can operate individually to modify the distribution and intensity of light. As in other similar systems, this allows to illuminate as much as possible (using long lights) without dazzling other road users. According to Porsche, PDLS Plus also has a function to attenuate the reflex produced by the signs and the traffic signals.
Porsche has equipped the interior with the multimedia system associated with a 12.3-inch screen that premiered the Panamera . On the Cayenne, it has an application called Offroad precision, which allows you to document the driving done off the asphalt by video recordings, says Porsche, so that the driver can improve their skills.
Among the safety and driving aids you can carry are the night vision assistant (associated with a thermal camera), the maintenance of lane, the recognition of traffic signals, the traffic jam or the programmer of active speed.
Other elements of the standard equipment are a parking aid system with front and rear sensors, a telephone module that provides a WiFi network, communication with Porsche Connect services (assistance and assistance to the vehicle) and a system of preventive protection of pedestrians.