Earlier this week we shared a batch of spy photos, depicting the 2018 Porsche Cayenne being tested. It was the first time we had the chance to take a look at the interior of the German company’s next generation luxury SUV. Under closer inspection, we discovered a little surprise – the actual design of the dashboard is pictured on the 12-inch central display, or at least it seems so.

Most likely, this is some kind of a desktop image for the infotainment system and it shows a much sportier design for the steering wheel (something we’ve already seen on spy shots) and what appears to be an illuminated decorative strip.

Porsche has decided to ditch all the buttons at the central console and to replace them with new capacitive-touch controls that activate or deactivate the front seats’ heating and ventilation functions, as well as the different driving modes of the SUV. There’s also a new gear shifter, positioned next to the parking brake button and the hazard lights, and a massive speaker at the top of the dashboard.

As far as the new Cayenne’s technical side is concerned, we already know the sporty SUV will be based on the same platform that underpins the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. This means the German vehicle will be significantly lighter than its predecessor, as much as 220 pounds (100 kilograms) according to some sources.

When it goes on sale in the second half of 2017, the new 2018 Cayenne will be offered with an array of turbocharged V6 and V8 engines, as well as diesel and hybrid options.

Gallery: 2018 Porsche Cayenne dashboard design

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