In a not too distant past, Porsche introduced the first generation Cayenne, every enthusiast hissed and booed the fact that a premium sports-car-only brand had produced an SUV. Mind you, in Porsche’s defense if it was not for the Cayenne the company would have took another direction, most probably towards financial trouble or stress. It has been said before and it still applies, SUVs are the bread and butter and to be honest if introducing an SUV would guarantee a manufacturer like Porsche to survive and strive, well why not then? Especially if they are nailing it.
Come to think of it, the desirability of Porsche’s SUV are almost equal to their original core lineup, they have the same traits of those veered supercars but add practically, and who wouldn’t want some practicality on a daily basis? Enter the third generation Cayenne, and in summation it looks almost exactly like the generation before it, the front is somber and a bit blunt, the three piece grille dominates and basically sucks the life out of it, if you looked at the sides and thought it was the generation before it no one would blame you, the rear is where things get interesting, and by interesting I mean the rear lights are connected, which actually is pretty neat, seems like a trend at the VW group with the A8 also having the same concept. Looking at the rear from a three quarters angle reminded me of the F-Pace, seems Jaguar has Porsche’s attention. Step inside and it follows the Panamera’s lead, a nice balance between tech and Porsche heritage, with a cutting edge center console and a large 23.3 inch touch screen. The largest engine is a 2.9-litre V6 engine with twin turbo charging. delivers 440 hp and 550 Nm of Torque pushing the Cayenne to 100 in 5.2 seconds, rear axle steering also makes an appearance.
So will the new Cayenne be a success? Definitely yes. Will it be desirable? Another yes, especially with a sportier trim.