When the Porsche Cayenne SUV first came out, upset fans said that the brand was tarnished forever. Porsche as we knew it was done. Fast-forward sixteen and the naysayers are nowhere to be found, as the Porsche SUV has gone on to become one of the better nameplates in the Porsche lineup.
The company has announced a major makeover for the 2019 Cayenne that will be showing up at dealerships by midyear 2018. Now for anyone hoping for groundbreaking changes, you’re out of luck. The 2019 model is less revolution and more evolution, and it’s a nicer-looking version of its predecessor. On the base model, buyers will find a 340-horsepower, 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, a Triptronic S automatic transmission, traction management system, and should hit 60 miles an hour in around 5.6 seconds. On the Cayenne S owners can expect a 440-horsepower, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, the same transmission and traction management system, and drivers will speed from zero to 60 in about 4.9 seconds. Both models will be coming in a little lighter with a drop of over 140 pounds because of the aluminum-heavy chassis. The automaker also upgraded handling, the air suspension system, and rear-wheel steering. The vehicle will come with four off-road driving modes to help you handle the mud, rocks, sand, and gravel that you’ll definitely be dragging your prize possession through.
The company also didn’t forget about the interior experience with some cool tech, starting with a 12-inch touchscreen. The Porsche communication and infotainment systems and center stacks now have glass touch-surfaces. They’ve also thrown in adaptive cruise control, night vision, park assist, sound systems from Bose & Burmester, traffic jam assist, and surround-view cameras.
So what can you expect to fork out for one of these new beauties? The 2109 Porsche Cayenne will start at about $65,000 and the Cayenne S will have a starting price of $83,00.