2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Rumored to Debut In a Matter of Weeks
The German performance SUV standard gets a lower rooflineby Jonathan Lopez, on
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is a natural evolution for the nameplate, taking on a sportier exterior to help draw in more customers to an already booming segment. Now, we hear rumors that the new Stuttgart crossover could make its big public appearance later this month.
Less Roofline, More Better?
This latest rumor comes to us courtesy of our friends at Autocar, who recently spoke with Porsche’s Managing Director in the U.K., Marcus Eckermann, about the up-and-coming Cayenne variant.
“The Cayenne Coupe is a very important car for us. It’s a very good looking car. In the U.K., I don’t think it will make up as much as half of the overall Cayenne lineup mix, but it will be a good share of it,” Eckermann told Autocar.
Prototypes for the 2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe have already been spotted around the ‘Ring, where the performance SUV has been testing its speed chops with little to no camo. It’s unclear what Porsche will end up calling the Cayenne Coupe, but either way, Autocar reports that it should debut sometime later this month.
Built on the current third-generation Cayenne, the new Coupe model variant will share the same underpinnings and many of the same body pieces as the non-Coupe model.
This will be obvious ahead of the B-pillar, but the front bumper will get a slight reshape to help the Coupe stand out from the pack when viewed head-on.
In back, however, the Cayenne Coupe will get a unique roofline that’s both lower and more swept-back. As a complement, the rear hatch and rear windows will also be new.
Notably, the Cayenne Coupe has been spotted with an active rear spoiler, which looks a bit like what you get on the Panamera. However, on the SUV this aero element moves up and down from the hatch as a single element, rather than in piecemeal fashion like the wing on the Panamera.
The result of all these tweaks will be a sportier appearance overall.
|Note: current Porsche Cayenne interior pictured here.|
Inside, we expect the lower roof to yield a reduction in overall passenger room and cargo room. Max seating capacity will remain capped at five. Up front, we expect the same cabin layout as the standard model, with a broad center console, loads of piano black trim, and a sporty three-spoke steering wheel. Don’t forget the large horizontal infotainment screen in the dash.
| Note: current Porsche Cayenne engine pictured here. |
Under the hood, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe will come with the same oily bits as the standard model, most likely with a focus higher in the powertrain-options range to complement the sportier exterior.
That means both a Turbo powertrain and an E-Hybrid powertrain are highly likely.
For reference, the current Cayenne comes equipped with a standard turbo 3.0-liter V-6 making 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque (5.9-second 0 to 60 mph, 152-mph top speed), followed by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 making 434 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque with the Cayenne S (4.9-second 0 to 60 mph, 164-mph top speed). The quickest of the bunch is the Cayenne Turbo, which gets a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 making 541 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque (3.9-second 0 to 60 mph, 177-mph top speed), while the Cayenne E-Hybrid gets an electrically assisted turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 making a combined 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque (4.7-second 0 to 60 mph, 157-mph top speed).
Each model also comes with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive system.
When it hits the market, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe will compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and the BMW X6.
Autocar reports that Porsche is targeting the fourth quarter of 2019 for an on-sale date in the U.K.
We expect pricing to slot in around the $70,000 mark here in the States if the Coupe comes with the standard model’s entry-level engine configuration, but that bottom line could easily break into six-figures with the high-powered Turbo model variants.
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Read our speculative review on the 2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe.
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