The latest generation of Porsche’s successful SUV model line is now available in India. Customers can choose from three variants right from the start: the Cayenne, Cayenne E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo. The arrival of the brand’s flagship SUV was celebrated at a special event held by Porsche India at the Sahara Star hotel in Mumbai, where all three derivatives were showcased, following an exclusive reveal act.
Powerful turbocharged engines, enhanced chassis systems, rear-axle steering, mixed-size tyres and a sharper design underpin the Cayenne’s credentials as a true sports car in its segment. These new developments bring the Cayenne even closer to its racetrack roots, thanks to greater versatility and more performance than ever before. Additional enhancements to the third generation also include intelligent assistance systems and further connectivity features to offering improved driver and passenger comfort.
Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, said: “Since its initial launch, the Cayenne has been one of our most popular models in India, and I have no doubt that the third generation will continue this success story. For me, the new Cayenne’s day-to-day usability and exceptional spread between driving dynamics and driving comfort are truly unique. Our latest edition to the range is at home on any road, but it is equally ready to explore new terrain, from India’s desert in the west to our jungles in the northeast. We are also very excited to be welcoming the new Cayenne E-Hybrid, as we see a growing interest from our customers in electric mobility.”
The new Cayenne comes with a choice of V6 and V8 petrol engines offering 340 hp and 550 hp, combined with the standard eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. Currently the top performer in the series, the Cayenne Turbo accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds (with Sport Chrono Package) and has a top speed of 286 km/h. The E-Hybrid variant produces 462 hp and features a boost strategy, adopted from the 918 Spyder supercar. With a fully charged battery, it can drive up to 44 kilometres with a top speed of 135 km/h in all-electric mode.
Visually, a bold new design stays true to the unmistakable identity of the Cayenne but delivers a more streamlined, sporty impression. Inside, a spacious cabin houses several comfort and convenience features, including a luggage compartment that has increased by 100 litres. The Porsche Advanced Cockpit concept offers increased connectivity and intuitive controls, whilst the centre console with Direct Touch Control, a new 31.24 cm (12.3”) touch display for the PCM act as the driver’s interface to all vehicle functions. A new head-up display increases comfort and safety.
The new lightweight chassis of the Cayenne has been completely redesigned to deliver the optimum balance between sporty performance and comfort, and contributes to an overall weight saving of up to 65 kilograms, despite an extended range of standard equipment. New technologies, such as 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension, electric 48-volt roll stabilisation and high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brakes contribute to overall excellent driving dynamics.
A true all-rounder, five pre-programmed drive and chassis modes can be activated in accordance to the terrain via the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). In addition to the default On road programme, drivers can choose between Mud, Gravel, Sand and Rocks settings to adapt to the relevant conditions. For the first time, the Cayenne is available with rear-axle steering and mixed-size tyres derived from the 911, which improve agility, stability and safety.
Porsche’s latest SUV features several assistance system as standard, including LED headlights, Warn and Brake Assist with predictive pedestrian protection, cruise control as well as front and rear Park Assist.
The Cayenne Turbo sets itself apart as the leader of the new generation. It is the first SUV in the world to have an adaptive roof spoiler as part of its active aerodynamics. Similar to the 911 Turbo, the spoiler adapts the aerodynamics and downforce to suit the driving conditions. Visually, the Turbo is easily identifiable by its distinctive twin tailpipes, enlarged air intakes, double-row front-light modules and 53.34 cm (21”) Turbo wheels in dark titanium emblazoned with the coloured Porsche crest. The rear apron, exterior mirrors and door side trims are finished in the vehicle colour.
The new Porsche Cayenne, Cayenne E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo are now available at all Porsche showrooms in India. Basic retail prices are as follows: