$116,300 starting point for fresh SUV

Porsche Australia has announced local pricing and specifications for the 2018 Cayenne, set to land mid-year.

The range will kick off with the $116,300 Cayenne (all prices before on-road costs), jumping to the $155,100 Cayenne S and $239,400 for the flagship Cayenne Turbo.

Power in the 'base' car comes from a 3.0-litre turbo V6, delivering 250kW and 450Nm to all four wheels through an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission. The car hits 100km/h in 6.1 seconds as standard, or 5.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono package specified.

A 12.3-inch PCM infotainment touchscreen is standard across the range, as is the dual-screen Porsche Advanced Cockpit from the Panamera. With two 7.0-inch displays flanking the large, central rev-counter, it's a modern take on the classic Porsche instrument binnacle.

Above: Porsche Cayenne 

Safety equipment includes a surround-view camera system, parking sensors and lane-change assistant, along with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, LED headlights and auto-emergency braking.

Heat-insulating glass is also standard across the range, designed to help keep the cabin cool and quiet. Rear sun blinds are optional.

Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control – which trades the standard hydraulic dampers for the active 48V electric anti-roll system from the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga – is a optional. Given all three cars ride on the same MLB Evo underpinnings, the shared hardware shouldn't come as a surprise.

Above: Porsche Cayenne S

Jumping to the Cayenne S brings a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 into the mix, developing 324kW of power and 550Nm of torque. 100km/h flies past in 5.1 seconds as standard or 4.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono pack, and the car tops out at 265km/h.

Along with the standard equipment in the base Cayenne, the S gets a panoramic sunroof.

The range-topping Cayenne Turbo is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 pumping out 404kW and 770Nm, good for a 4.1-second 100km/h sprint in standard guise, or a 3.9-second run with Sport Chrono fitted. Top speed is a lofty 286km/h.

Beyond the kit in the Cayenne S, the Turbo gains four-zone climate control, ambient lighting and seat ventilation as standard gear. It also gets a higher-end 710W Bose stereo system and 18-way electric front sports seats. The car rides on 21-inch wheel as standard.

Above: Porsche Cayenne Turbo

There's no word on the Cayenne Diesel at this point, nor the e-Hybrid – we're expecting an announcement about their arrival at some point, but there's no concrete timing available.

Stay tuned for more information on individual options pricing. 

2018 Porsche Cayenne pricing

  • Cayenne – $116,300
  • Cayenne S – $155,100
  • Cayenne Turbo – $239,400

Options

  • Sport Chrono package – $2690
  • Four-wheel steering – $4950

All prices exclude on-road costs.