Porsche is about to launch an updated version of its second-generation Cayenne for the 2015 model year, but we now have the first details on the next-generation, 2018 model due in roughly three years.

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne will ride on a shortened version of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB-based SUV platform which in regular length will debut in the 2015 Audi Q7 and will also underpin the Bentley brand’s upcoming SUV. The shortened version will be used for the next Cayenne as well as the next Touareg and eventually Lamborghini’s new SUV based on the Urus concept car.

The benefits of the platform is lighter weight and improved rigidity, brought about by a combination of ultrahigh-strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastic elements in its construction. Auto Express is reporting that the 2018 Cayenne may weigh as much as 220 pounds less than the current model, which in base trim still weighs in at a hefty 4,476 pounds.

As for styling, Porsche’s Panamera Sport Turismo concept and latest 2015 Macan crossover point the way. Look for the 2018 Cayenne to adopt the Macan’s clamshell hood and wraparound tail-lights. The Panamera Sport Turismo concept’s C-shaped fender vent and front air intakes are also expected to feature in the design.

Powertrains will mirror the lineup expected to be introduced on the 2015 Cayenne. This means a naturally-aspirated V-6 for the base Cayenne, a turbocharged V-6 for the mid-range Cayenne S models, a plug-in hybrid setup for the Cayenne S E-Hybrid model, and a turbocharged V-8 for the Cayenne Turbo models. There should be at least one diesel model as well as a focused Cayenne GTS.

Inside, expect a design similar to that found in Porsche’s 918 Spyder flagship supercar. Advanced infotainment options and electronic driver aids should also feature, including some semi-autonomous systems.

The first test mules for the 2018 Porsche Cayenne should be hitting public roads sometime in the next 12-18 months. One year prior to the launch of the 2018 Cayenne will be the next-generation, 2017 Panamera, the first test mules of which have already been spotted.


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