Spy photographers have caught the 2018 Porsche Cayenne testing again.
Although this is not the first time we have seen the 2018 Porsche Cayenne, this prototype was seen with what will likely be the new tail lights in the rear. Previous prototypes featured fake rear lights, and Porsche is still trying to conceal the new design with camouflage.
While the exterior of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne isn’t changing significantly, this is the first time spy photographers have managed to grab photo of the SUV’s interior, revealing almost everything. The tachometer in the center appears to still be analog, but the rest of the instrumentation is now digital. The best news is that Porsche has really cleaned up the look of the cabin to have fewer buttons and less clutter than before.
The center infotainment screen has also grown in size while the air vents have been moved to make way. There’s also a new gear lever in the center console, hinting that Porsche may be moving to a new transmission for the next Cayenne. Rumor has it that it could be an eight-speed dual-clutch unit.
Expect new engines to find their way under the hood of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne when it debuts sometime next year.
Available in an assortment of trims, the Cayenne spans a massive price range that takes it from luxurious to opulent. Engine choices alone are staggering. Six-cylinders, eight-cylinders, turbochargers, superchargers and even a diesel can be had in Porsche’s big SUV. But the most interesting model of them all, or at least the most unique, has to be the Cayenne S E-Hybrid.
A plug-in hybrid SUV sounds like the most un-Porsche thing possible. How can the maker of some of the world’s best sports cars produce an eco-friendly SUV? The term plug-in hybrid immediately conjures up thoughts of cars like the Prius plug-in and Ford C-Max. Both may be incredibly efficient, but are horribly dull to drive.
But there is another world of plug-in hybrids that includes the McLaren P1 and Porsche’s own supercar, the 918 Spyder. Although this isn’t a supercar by any stretch of the imagination, the Cayenne E-Hybrid does take some technological inspiration from the 918.