The first-generation Porsche Cayenne crossed the Pond to America for the 2003 model year. The S and the Turbo were the first versions to hit U.S. dealerships, while the base V-6 model and the range-topping Turbo S followed up over the next years. By 2006, the entire Cayenne lineup became available to U.S. customers. The second-generation SUV replaced the older model in 2010 and the lineup expanded to receive a hybrid model in 2011 and a diesel version in 2013. Rumors for the 2016 model year are pointing toward an X6-fighting coupe version of the Cayenne hitting the market.
2015 is set to bring a revised Cayenne to keep things fresh until 2018, when the next-gen model is scheduled to arrive, but a report coming from Auto Express says a new family member will hit the streets as soon as the facelifted model kicks in. We’re talking about the Cayenne Coupe , Porsche’s answer to the BMW X6 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz MLC .
Stuttgart’s plan to come up with a coupe-like SUV isn’t new to us. A previous report introduced the Cayenne Coupe to the rumormill and forwarded a 2017 launch. On the flip side, the new report talks about a 2015 introduction, which would make more sense considering BMW just rolled out the second-gen X6 and that the Mercedes-Benz MLC will make its debut later this year. That being said, it appears Porsche wants to launch the coupe alongside the facelifted Cayenne.
It may sound like a rushed decision, but turning the Cayenne Coupe from a mere sketch to a production car shouldn’t be a major issue with Porsche, as the sporty SUV will look identical to its full-size kin, except for its sloping roof. Once the new roof is ready to take its place atop the Cayenne Coupe, Porsche will only have to focus the vehicle’s retuned suspension and steering.
Naturally, the coupe will borrow all the powertrains available in the regular Cayenne, including both naturally aspirated and turbo V-8s, as well as gasoline and diesel V-6s.
Note: Current Porsche Cayenne pictured here.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Coupe.
The first and still the only true coupe-like SUV available as of June 2014 just got a makeover for the 2015 model year. Notable changes include a narrower front fascia, a more aggressive front bumper, and revised taillights and exhaust pipes around back. The vehicle is also 20 pounds lighter than its predecessor, a significant improvement given its slightly longer and wider body.
Engine-wise, the second gen arrives with the same engine choices, including the 3.0-liter inline-six and the 4.4-liter V-8. While the former carried over without improvements, generating the same 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, the latter got its output increased from 400 ponies to 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.
The BMW X6’s lonely days in the coupe SUV segment will come to an end in 2015, when the Mercedes-Benz MLC will go on sale. Developed on the same platform as the M-Class, the MLC will take its styling cues from the Concept Coupe SUV that was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show . The production model will feature an aggressively styled front end with the company’s large grille, a muscular body, and a sloping roof.
It’s likely that the MLC will be launched with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine as a base unit, while a twin-turbo, 4.6-liter V-8 will complete the lineup in its first year on the market. Later on, an MLC63 AMG powered by a 5.5-liter V-8 rated at more than 500 horsepower will give the X6M a run of its money.