2018 Porsche Cayenne S. Photo: Supplied
Dom Tripolone | Mar, 02 2018 | 0 Comments

The German brand will only offer three variants initially in its third-generation Porsche Cayenne SUV range when it goes on sale locally mid-2018.

Porsche is sure to add more models further down the line with a pair of hybrids most likely.

Despite jettisoning diesel models in the Macan and Panamera the German car maker has confirmed it will offer a diesel powertrain in the new Cayenne, but it has not been confirmed if it will be offered in Australia. 

Pricing starts at $116,300 before on-road costs for the entry-level Cayenne, which is about $6000 more than the outgoing model.

Power for the cheapest variant comes from a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine produces 250kW and 450Nm. The new engine delivers 30kW and 50Nm more than the outgoing naturally aspired 3.6-litre V6. Fuel use is rated at 9.2L/100km.

The next model up is the Cayenne S which is priced from $155,100, which is roughly $10,000 more expensive than the model its replaces.

Power for the S comes from a new 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol unit making 324kW and 550Nm, which is a bump of 15kW over the previous 3.6-litre V6. Fuel is a claimed 9.4L/100km.

The range-topping Cayenne Turbo is priced from $239,400, which is $1900 more than the current model.

A 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 404kW and 770Nm hides under the bonnet of the Cayenne Turbo. The V8 sips a claimed 11.9L/100km.

A new eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is standard across all models.

All Cayennes have been revamped inside, with a new dashboard with a combination of analogue and digital instruments and a centre console featuring the touch sensitive controls as seen in the Panamera. The Cayenne has also swiped the large 12.3-inch centre touchscreen from the Panamera.

Porsche has added some fresh tech to improve the Cayenne's ride, with a new chassis system design to reduce roll and increase sportiness and comfort while the Turbo variant benefits from active aerodynamic such as an adaptive roof spoiler and air brake.

Safety tech extends to park assist with a surround view camera, land change assist, adaptive cruise, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and night vision assist which uses thermal images to detect people and animals in the dark up to 300 metres.

The new Cayenne is now available to order.

2018 Porsche Cayenne prices* 

Cayenne - $116,300 

Cayenne S - $155,100 

Cayenne Turbo - $239,400 

*All prices exclude on-road costs 

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