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The new 2018 Porsche Cayenne revealed in full

The new 2018 Porsche Cayenne revealed in full

The new Porsche Cayenne will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month and arrive in the United Kingdom in spring 2018.

The new Cayenne is 63mm longer without any change to the wheelbase (2895mm) and a roof height reduced by nine millimetres compared with its predecessor; it measures 4918mm long and 1983mm wide (excluding mirrors). Porsche doesn't bother with speed limiters, so this one does 164mph; the base Cayenne, which should creep in at under two tonnes thanks to a weight cut of up to 65kg, will do 152mph.

The new model also makes more extensive use of LEDs for illumination and its exterior design. It comes with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 rated at 550 horsepower. The Cayenne generates 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque from a 3.0-liter single-turbo V6, propelling the beast, Porsche claims, from 0-60 miles per hour in as little as 5.6 seconds. This allows the crossover to sprint from 0 - 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and achieve a top speeed of 245 km/h.

What won't know until closer to launch is how fuel efficient these engines will be.

Although additional variations including a full-on Turbo, E-Hybrids and more will appear over time, initial motivation for the new Cayenne will be supplied by a pair of force-fed V6s from the Porsche portfolio. A similar timeline to the Panamera's rollout makes sense, so I'm guessing we'll hear more over the next year.

This variant zips from 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds, compared with 7.6s now, with the extra power put to the ground via an eight-speed "Tiptronic" close-ratio automatic transmission. The driver is given various drive modes to select from to optimise driving dynamics, via Porsche 4D Chassis Control and Dynamic Chassis Control. This means it has access to 48-volt electronics, which Porsche uses to power the optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control anti-roll tech.

Helping in this regard is the installation of a lithium-ion polymer starter battery as standard equipment, which shaves 10 kilograms from the vehicle's heft. Less weight usually means better handling, braking and acceleration, so we're happy to hear this.

After 760,000 total sales since launching its first ever SUV in 2003, Porsche has revealed the all-new third-generation 2018 Cayenne in a glitzy gala on the rooftop of the marque's museum in Zuffenhausen. Available as an option are the tungsten-carbide coated disc brakes.

Porsche will have high hopes for the new Cayenne, which has sold a hefty 720,000 units since it first shocked audiences last decade. The all-new Cayenne builds on the formula that started in 2003 while pushing performance boundaries even further through new technologies that significantly improve on-road performance and comfort. While the new vehicle is 63mm longer and 9mm lower than the one it replaces - and still still a five-seater - the 770-litre boot is 100 litres larger than before, matching the commodious Audi Q7 for space.

When one thinks of a Chevy Tahoe, the first words that come to mind typically aren't "rally" or "sport", but for 2018, the body-on-frame SUV gets a dose of sporty performance.

In the dashboard is the newest version of the Porsche Communication Management infotainment. The center console includes traditional controls as well as a glass-look touch surface. In addition to Bose or optional Burmester audio, the Cayenne also will offer driver support functions including night vision, lane change and keeping assist, traffic sign recognition and traffic jam assist.

It seems like it might and that the new Cayenne will be the SUV to beat in the segment.

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