Porsche which was unusually silent this year has announced its first launch for the Indian market. The 2018 Porsche Cayenne has been launched in India at Rs 1.19 crore. The new Porsche Cayenne is available in three variants – Cayenne base, Cayenne e-Hybrid (Rs 1.5 crore) and Cayenne Turbo at Rs 1.19 crore. All these prices are ex-showroom, pan-India. Sales have already started while deliveries will begin in a few months from now. All the cars come in to India via the CBU route.
New additions in the 2018 Porsche Cayenne
The third generation Porsche Cayenne was globally unveiled earlier this year. This time around, the flagship Porsche SUV borrows its design cues from the updated Panamera. Porsche Dynamic Headlight is now standard and so are the four point LEDs. The grille gets a tweaked design element while the design of alloy wheels will also determine the variant you’ve chosen. On the range topping Panamera turbo, Porsche offers 21-inch wheels. To aerodynamic ensure more aerodynamic capability, mixed size tyres have been used. At the back, the lights are connected to each other via a thin central strip.
In the cabin, there is new upholstery. A 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system is offered and takes the centre stage. For all the buttons, there is haptic feedback and an upmarket feel. A head-up display too is standard now. 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. The 2018 Porsche Cayenne is available with a rear-axle steering that improves agility.
Speaking of agility, Porsche has managed to shave 65kg from the overall weight of the car. This has been achieved through use of aluminium extensively. Many new technologies too have been adopted in the 2018 Porsche Cayenne. These include 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension, electric 48-volt roll stabilisation and high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brakes.
While the Cayenne has grown in size, wheelbase hasn’t changed from the outgoing SUV. Boot space though has been increased by 100 litres.
Engines of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne
Surprisingly, Porsche has skipped the diesel engine for India. This is following their global mandate of doing away with diesels and shifting to hybrids or electrics. The base petrol engine is a turbo unit. The 3.0-litre V6 engine makes 340PS of power/450Nm of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The e-Hybrid which was launched in 2015 but subsequently removed from the market makes a comeback. This time around, the V6 engine is mated to a 14.1kWh battery and the result is 465PS/700Nm. On battery power alone, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid can go 44km and at a top speed of 135kmph.
The range topping Cayenne Turbo has a V8 motor that is good for 550PS and 770Nm. 0-100kmph is dispatched in 4s while the top speed is 286kmph. This one competes with the Range Rover Vogue and the Volvo XC90.