The Porsche Cayenne is one of the models in the Porsche range that has at times rescued the German sportscar maker from financial troubles. The latest iteration of the Cayenne has made its debut at the Sydney Motor Show.
Porsche is bringing in five different variants, with the introduction of the new Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid. Other variants includes Porsche Cayenne V6, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Turbo and Cayenne Diesel.
To top the range, the Cayenne Turbo makes use of a twin-turbo 4.8-litre V8 that delivers an impressive 368kW. Nonetheless, Porsche argues that the focus on performance hasn't overshadowed the company's commitment to efficiency with all new Cayennes taking advantage of "Porsche Intelligent Performance", which is a range of technologies put together to increase power whilst using less fuel.
The new Cayenne is lighter too, in the case of the Turbo it has lost a staggering 180kg whilst the rest of the range has lost at least 33kg just on the chassis alone.
To start the range the Porsche Cayenne V6 is powered by a 3.6-litre V6 delivering 224kW, diesel lovers will be able to pick the 3.0-litre V6 Cayenne Diesel (176kW, 550Nm) and in the middle sits the Cayenne S (298kW V8).
There are a whole array of new technologies in the Cayenne, for example the model now employs a new map-based multi-plate clutch that works to distribute drive front/rear depending on road conditions. Team this up with "Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus" and the Cayenne is certain to improve on its already solid credentials.
Air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management system (PASM) now come standard on the Turbo variants (optional on other variants). The system allows for theoretically infinite setting control over front and rear dampers.
Other interesting and noteworthy features include Lane Change Assistant (LCA) and Standard Automatic Cruise Control (ACC). Both of which are options. LCA allows the Cayenne to monitor its blind spot as well as the adjacent lanes up to 70 metres behind the vehicle, if a vehicle is present it will warn the driver (similar to Volvo's BLIS system). ACC is the new form of cruise control that will apply the brakes if an accident is imminent.