Our spy photographers were at the right place at the right time to catch on camera a prototype of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne.
At a first glance it doesn’t look all that different compared to the current Cayenne, but upon closer inspection you will notice a neat feature at the back. The roof-mounted spoiler has a built-in aero flap which opens up at a certain speed to aid aerodynamics. We haven’t seen anything like this on an SUV before, so the second-generation Cayenne will be the first to get it, unless the Audi SQ7 will lead the way. However, prototypes of the latter were seen carrying a conventional rear spoiler.
Getting back to the Cayenne prototype at hand, it doesn’t have the final taillights and most likely those headlights are also temporary. It shouldn’t come as a surprise taking into account this is in fact an early prototype and usually these have provisional body parts combined with components sourced from the existing model.
As far as the interior is concerned, we expect the cabin to be heavily influenced by the second-gen Panamera which was spotted a while ago with capacitive-touch controls. An all-digital instrument cluster, redesigned center console, and new switchgear are all on the agenda.
Sharing the same platform with the second-gen Audi Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche’s overhauled Cayenne will go through an extensive weight loss program and should lose at least 220 pounds (100 kilograms). There was a rumor last August about a new array of turbocharged V6 and V8 engines co-developed with Audi and chances are the new Cayenne will get them. These will be offered alongside a plug-in hybrid variant and we are also expecting to see an electrically-driven turbocharger on some of the motors.
It will be a while until Porsche will launch the next Cayenne as the high-performance SUV is slated to come out towards the end of next year as a 2018MY.