Porsche continues lapping the upcoming Cayenne at the Ring, and the many development laps there make us look forward to experiencing the new CUV.
Porsche still wants to keep the next-gen Cayenne a secret, and the company is still apparently using a modified version of the current model during public development. However, there appears to be some camouflage around the headlights, and the parts around the rear light cluster clearly are not for production.
While the design is still largely hidden, this clip provides a great demonstration of the next Cayenne's versatility. At the beginning of the video the crossover stays on the road and looks well composed there. The Porsche then enters the 'Ring and proves that it can perform. Check out the aggressive move at 1:56 into the clip where the CUV's driver passes a slower-moving Mercedes.
The new Cayenne should be fairly nimble on its feet because the crossover likely sheds a healthy amount of weight over the current generation. The diet comes thanks to the lighter platform from the latest Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. We expect the engine range to be the same as the latest Panamera. That would mean a biturbo 2.9-litre V6 with 434 horsepower, biturbo 4.0-litre V8 with 542 hp, and a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 diesel making 422 hp. A plug-in hybrid should join the lineup eventually, too.
Major parts of the Panamera's high-tech interior are also coming to the Cayenne. Spy shots show a similar combination of a digital instrument panel with an analog tachometer and capacitive buttons on the centre console. It's also safe to anticipate the sedan's big infotainment system in the crossover.
The new Cayenne reportedly debuts in the latter half of next year and would be on sale in time for the 2018 model year. After the premiere, expect Porsche to fill out the lineup with even more versions. The brand also looks to have a fully electric crossover coupe under development, but we don't know yet whether it would be part of the Cayenne model range.