Is Porsche trying to make up for past sins? Porsche purists don’t like the original Cayenne. They see it as a Volkswagen used to cash in on the SUV craze. So next to come from Porsche, after the Panamera is launched, will a new Cayenne aimed at redemption. This time not only will it offer more fuel-efficient options, but it will also be a more performance-oriented model.

The future Cayenne will be built on the Touareg platform (and won’t be moved on the Q5’s one as previously reported,) but it will be considerably smaller than the existing vehicle. This will mean the future Cayenne will compete with models like Lexus RX, Mercedes GLK and BMW X3.

Under the hood there will be both V6 and V8 engines in both naturally aspirated and turbo forms. A diesel and hybrid option are also expected, both of which will be shared with the upcoming Panamera. The base V6 version will have an output of 278 hp, while the top version will go up to 502 hp. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in less than five seconds for top end models and top speed will go up to 180 mph.

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Source: Car Central

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