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2019 Porsche Cayenne: Frankfurt Auto Show


author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2017

What Is It?

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne is the new, third-generation model of the SUV, which first went on sale back in 2003. Although it shares similar styling with its predecessor, the Cayenne is much-changed, touting a long list of updates under the skin.

On the outside, the Cayenne touts a few noticeable changes. There's a slightly updated front end, a new wheel design and a revised profile, for instance. But the biggest news is around back, where the latest Cayenne gets the same large taillight assembly -- stretching across the whole tailgate -- as the latest Porsche Panamera.

Under the hood, the base-level Cayenne uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. The midlevel Cayenne S offers a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 with 440 hp and 406 lb-ft -- impressive figures that help send the SUV from zero to 60 in 4.9 seconds (or less with Porsche's Sport Chrono package). Topping the range is a new Cayenne Turbo that uses a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 with 550 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque; it boasts a 0-to-60 time of just 3.7 seconds.

Other updates to the Cayenne include newly available rear-axle steering, along with a new platform -- also found in the Audi Q5 and Q7 -- that helps cut the Cayenne's weight by around 150 pounds.

How Much?

The base model will start around $67,000, the Cayenne S will start around $84,000, and the Cayenne Turbo will start at just over $125,000.

When Can You Get It?

The new Cayenne arrives in late spring 2018, while the Turbo goes on sale slightly after.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

The Porsche Cayenne is the sportiest and most agile midsize SUV, and the latest version -- with more power and less weight -- will likely be the sportiest yet. Of course, it'll also likely debut some new technology, including the high-tech cabin from the Panamera luxury sedan, giving shoppers even more reason to consider the high-performance SUV.

Other Cars to Consider

Audi Q7 -- Though the Q7 shares the same architecture as the Cayenne, it's a larger car focused more on interior space than performance and agility. But it still touts an impressive driving experience, and it offers Audi's excellent new Virtual Cockpit technology.

BMW X5 -- Although the BMW X5 doesn't quite offer the agility and panache of the Cayenne, it's a bit more practical -- and it's certainly cheaper, with a starting price of around $57,000 with shipping.

Mercedes-Benz GLE -- The GLE doesn't corner the "sporty" market quite like the Cayenne, though the AMG GLE 63 (and new AMG GLE 43) will help change that. Still, the midsize Mercedes has a little more interior space than the Cayenne -- and a "coupe" version offers bolder, more muscular styling.

Range Rover Sport -- The Range Rover Sport isn't as nimble as the Cayenne, but it offers a luxurious interior and a wide range of powertrains -- from a fuel-efficient diesel to a 550-hp SVR version.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
2019 Porsche Cayenne: Frankfurt Auto Show - Autotrader