The completely redeveloped 2019 Porsche Cayenne is even closer to its roots as a sports car than its predecessor thanks to intelligent lightweight construction, a powerful engine, exceptional driving dynamics and new driver assistance systems. The concept has proved to be a popular combination; since its launch in 2002, Porsche has delivered over 770,000 Cayenne units.
All of the core components of the 2019 Porsche Cayenne are new. A more powerful and efficient engine combines with the new eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission, which responds more quickly than the transmission in the previous Cayenne. A new lightweight chassis construction helps in significantly improving driving dynamics as compared to the preceding Cayenne. New technologies such as 4D Chassis Control, rear axle steering, a three-chamber air suspension, dynamic anti-roll bars powered by a 48-volt electrical system and tungsten-carbide-coated high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB) play a key role in this performance. These systems also set the vehicle even further apart by achieving a level of driving comfort closer to that of a high-end sedan. Going off-road is even easier, too, as the driver can now choose between five pre-programmed drive and chassis modes, depending on the terrain.
Digital networking: Porsche Advanced Cockpit and new Porsche Communication Management The Porsche Advanced Cockpit integrates display and control elements in a single design. The center console and the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) 12.3-inch touchscreen act as the driver’s interface to all vehicle functions. Users can also customize both the home screen and the “info widget,” which takes advantage of the generous screen size. Specifying custom layouts is simple; users need only to drag and drop tiles in their preferred order and to populate them with their desired functions. The system can store up to six profiles.
The new 2019 Porsche Cayenne now offers online navigation including real-time traffic information, an LTE telephone module with integrated SIM card, intelligent online voice control, a Wi-Fi hotspot, four USB ports, new Porsche Connect services and Apple CarPlay. Drivers can also access a wide variety of digital features and services via the new and simplified Porsche Connect App.
A Porsche Cayenne is instantly recognizable, and the new generation has developed and enhanced this unmistakable identity. The new, but familiar exterior design strongly reflects Porsche brand identity, and underlines the ambition of the Cayenne to be the sportiest vehicle in its class. With an exterior length increased by 2.4 inches without any change to the wheelbase (113.9 inches) and a roof height reduced by 0.35 inches compared with its predecessor, the elegant, streamlined impression of the Cayenne, which is 193.6 inches long and 78 inches wide (excluding mirrors), has been noticeably enhanced.
The front of the 2019 Porsche Cayenne is synonymous with performance. The pronounced hood with the distinctive ‘power dome’ emphasizes the fenders that lead into the redesigned headlight contour. Three-dimensional light modules are the most distinctive visual characteristic of the standard LED headlights. The lateral trim strips on the central air intake now point outwards, emphasizing the width of the vehicle and highlighting its athletic appearance. Large air intakes for optimum engine cooling are the most visually prominent aspect of the new front fascia. Air blades on the exterior of the air intakes channel the cooling air into the openings.
The rear end of the 2019 Porsche Cayenne features horizontal lines to emphasize its depth and width. The three- part light strip extending between the taillights alone clearly identifies the new SUV generation as a Porsche from afar. As well as the actual light strip, other high-quality glass-look features include the three dimensional “Porsche” logo – a further nod to the sports car. The new color coordinated roof spoiler features straight lines, and the tear-off edge has a more subtle design than that of the predecessor model.
In total, the body shell is 297 lbs. lighter than the previous generation Cayenne, although the expanded range of standard equipment partially offsets this reduction. In spite of this, the Cayenne is 120 lbs. lighter than its predecessor is. The innovative lithium-ion polymer starter battery – which weighs 22 lbs. less than comparable traditional lead batteries – makes a further contribution to the weight savings and a longer service life than a traditional lead acid battery.
The third-generation and torque than the respective predecessor model with the 2019 Porsche Cayenne features a new range of six and eight-cylinder turbocharged engines that debuted in the Panamera. Each has a smaller displacement but delivers more power improved output and responsiveness.
Under the hood of the standard model lies a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 335 hp (250 kW) and 332 lb-ft of torque. The Cayenne S uses a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 with 434 hp (324 kW) and 405 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the Cayenne Turbo has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that makes 541 hp (404 kW) and 567 lb-ft of torque. In each instance, the engine offers an increased specific output as compared to the engine it replaces to offer significantly improved driving performance. The new engines feature turbochargers that sit inside the cylinder V, leading to smaller dimensions, a deeper position inside the vehicle and ultimately, a lower center of gravity. This configuration also shortens exhaust paths from combustion chamber to turbocharger, improving engine responsiveness and quickening power build-up.
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds (or 5.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package), and achieves a top track speed of up to 152 mph. The Cayenne S, which can achieve a top track speed of up to 164 mph, is capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds (or 4.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono package). At 3.9 seconds (Sports Chrono: 3.7 seconds), the Cayenne Turbo surpasses even the previous Cayenne Turbo S in this respect. The new elite model reaches a top track speed of 177 mph.
The new eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission offers faster shifting speeds with smoother starting characteristics and a reduction in traction interruption while shifting. New sun gear and planet gear sets result in a wider gear spread that allows first gear to be shorter than in the preceding model, and eighth gear to be longer. Gears one through six are used for acceleration, while seventh and eighth are left intentionally long for comfortable high speed cruising.
Clearly differentiated driving modes enable the driver to benefit from the new transmission tuning. In “Normal” mode, the transmission shifts to higher gears quickly and smoothly to save fuel. In “Sport” mode, the Tiptronic S feels very sporty, allowing fast gear changes and quick acceleration. With the optional Sport Chrono Package, the driver can use the mode switch on the steering wheel to select driving modes directly – a feature that premiered with the 918 Spyder. The auto start/stop function has also been subject to further development, and now switches off the engine as the car coasts to a stop when approaching a traffic light. Auto start/stop deactivated automatically in Sport and Sport Plus driving modes.
The transmission also has benefits for 7716 pounds towing capacity. The transmission can transfer very high torque at start-up and in motion. First gear is also around four percent shorter compared to the previous transmission model. This allows sensitive throttle applications at low engine speeds, which is also a significant advantage off-road.
Just like in the 911, the driver selects the driving mode via the mode switch on the steering wheel. In addition to Normal, Sport and Sport Plus modes, the driver can also select the “Individual Mode.” Performance Start is available in Sport Plus mode for optimum acceleration from a standstill. This optimizes all chassis systems for performance, and if equipped, sinks the air suspension to the lowest level.
The Sport Response button in the center of the mode switch offers maximum responsiveness for 20 seconds or until the button is pushed a second time within that period. The instrument cluster shows the driver how long the Sport Response function will remain active via a countdown timer. The performance boost is available as often as desired.
As in sports cars, the Sport Chrono Package also includes a separate PSM Sport mode. In a safe environment, ambitious drivers can take the Cayenne closer to its limits in this setting while PSM remains active in the background. PSM Sport mode requires manual selection manually and is available in any driving mode.
Every 2019 Porsche Cayenne now uses Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive, with an electronically and map-controlled multi-plate clutch. The system deploys variable and adaptive strategies to control the distribution of the propulsion force between the rear axle and the front axle. This has benefits both for driving on- and off-road. In addition, PTM monitors driving conditions at all times.
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne also offers the same high level of off-road capabilities as the predecessor model. Combined with the optional three-chamber air suspension, the SUV is ideally equipped for forays into challenging terrain, with its ground clearance of 9.4 inches, a ramp-over angle of over 21 degrees, and a fording depth of 20.6 inches. The optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) system also offers benefits when off-roading.The optional Off-road Package adds rock rails with integrated skid plates and reinforced protection for the engine and rear axle. Additional off-road-specific information in the PCM and the compass display on the dashboard round off the package.
As in every Porsche, the driver and passengers sit low in the vehicle rather than in the typical high-up position found in most SUVs. The interior prioritizes driver ergonomics. As in the Porsche 911, the Cayenne has a rising center console. More than just a design element, it provides the shortest and most ergonomic path from the steering wheel to the most important vehicle functions. The multifunction steering wheel follows the same principle.
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne features increased spaciousness and comfort throughout. For example, the seats are finished in leather as standard in all models. This means that the seat centers, seat bolsters and center headrest strips are finished in leather at the front and back. The steering wheel, gear selector, armrests in the doors and the center console are also finished in leather.
The Cayenne Turbo features a new generation of adaptive sports seats that are more sports-carlike than ever before. The headrests integrated into the seatback as a single unit. The top-of-the- 9 range seat is standard in the Cayenne Turbo, and available as an option on all other models. If an owner selects the sports seats, the rear seats are finished in the same look, and also receive the raised side bolsters.
The standard seat in the 2019 Porsche Cayenne base and S is the comfort seat, featuring eight-way electric adjustment. The seat offers secure lateral support for sporty drivers and comfort on longer journeys. The class-leading, high-quality seats are partially finished in leather as standard on all models: The seat centers, seat bolsters and center headrest strips are finished in leather at the front and back. Comfort seats with 14-way adjustment, which can be equipped with seat heating, are also available as an option.
The rear seat system has a length adjustment range of up to 6.2 inches, and offers 10 adjustment positions in two-degree increments from 11 to 29 degrees for the split backrest. The rear seats also feature a cargo position, with the backrest in an almost vertical position to increase the luggage compartment volume by up to 3.5 cubic feet compared to the previous model. If even more space is required, the backrests can fold forward asymmetrically to create a flat loading floor. The luggage compartment can be adjusted to provide a volume of between 27.1 cubic feet and 60.3 cubic feet (Cayenne Turbo: 26.3 cubic feet to 59.3 cubic feet). The Comfort Access adds keyless entry and makes it possible to open the tailgate with a small foot movement underneath the rear bumper. For security reasons, this function is only active if the system is simultaneously able to identify the vehicle key. The Comfort Access also enables keyless unlocking and locking of the vehicle.
Newly available, optional thermally and noise insulated glass reflects infrared radiation and reduces the level of outside noise in the cabin. This reduces cabin heat from direct sunlight, blocks almost 100 percent of UV rays, which helps protect interior materials in regions with intense sun exposure.
Originally developed for the Panamera and overhauled for use in the Cayenne, the instrument cluster features the traditional Porsche central tachometer flanked by two seven-inch displays. The driver can control all key functions via three core components: The full-HD touch display of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, the multifunction steering wheel to control the on-board computer, and the touch-sensitive Direct Touch Control in the center console to interact with selected functions.
The 12.3-inch PCM display is similar to a tablet. Customers can create a home screen with their preferred functions, such as favorite radio stations, navigation destinations, favorite phone numbers or activation of the sports exhaust system. On the right-hand side of the screen, an info widget can be selected to enable access to other PCM functions. Thus, for example, the navigation feature can be displayed in the center of the screen while the call function is also visible on the right. Up to six individual profiles can also be configured. As well as a large number of interior settings, a profile is used to store specifications for lights, driving programs and assistance systems.
The new PCM responds before it is even touched: if the system senses a hand approaching it, a column appears on the left-hand side of the display with further sub-items within the current menu. The user simply swipes with their fingertip to scroll through the options. The new PCM also allows you to zoom in or out and rotate the display using two fingers. The display also recognizes handwriting, and navigation destinations can simply be written on the screen.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne is a five-passenger midsize SUV available in four trim levels: base, S, E-Hybrid and Turbo. For the E-Hybrid, we reviewed it separately.
The base Cayenne come turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, partial leather seats and a 12.4-inch touchscreen, among other features. The Cayenne S gets a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine, different 19-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension (PASM), tinted taillights and a panoramic roof.
The Turbo replaces the V6 engine with a twin-turbo V8 engine plus upgraded front sport seats, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive LED headlights, an air suspension with PASM, upgraded brakes, front and rear heated seats, and a 14-speaker Bose audio system.
Many features on the upper trim is available as stand-alone options for the lower trim. Just like other Porsches, the Cayenne is one of the most customizable vehicles you can buy.
You’ve got even more choices from a long list of options. It starts with two main packages — Premium and Premium Package Plus — and then goes to a huge list of stand-alone choices. All serve to enhance the Cayenne’s performance, exterior and interior style, safety, comfort, technology and audio.
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $66,750 including the $1,050 destination charge. That’s more than a base Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi SQ5 and BMW X5 xDrive40i. The Cayenne S starts just under $84,000, while the Cayenne Turbo pushes the price tag into $125,650.