The third-generation Cayenne will spawn a competitor for the BMW X6

The second-generation Porsche Cayenne crossed the Pond to the U.S. for the 2011 model year, being offered here in many forms, including the GTS, Turbo S, and even a hybrid model. In 2015, Porsche launched an updated second-generation model with significant exterior modifications, more powerful engines, and new technology. The facelift is supposed to keep the SUV fresh until a brand-new model arrives sometime in 2018.

Along with the 2015 update, rumors of a sleeker, coupe-like version of the Cayenne also surfaced the Interwebz. Although original reports claimed a 2015 launch, Porsche’s competitor for the BMW X6 failed to show up. In the meantime, Mercedes-Benz came up with its very own proposition, the GLE Coupe. Hopes of seeing a Cayenne coupe based on the second-generation model were almost lost after that, but 2016 brought us the first prototype of Porsche’s X6 fighter.

However, instead of a redesigned Cayenne body with a sleeker roofline, our paparazzi spotted an awkward test mule that looks like a Panamera on stilts. But, while this isn’t 100-percent solid proof that Porsche is testing the Cayenne Coupe, we’re definitely looking at an SUV prototype. Since there aren’t any known plans for a new crossover, this mule can only be an early version of the Cayenne Coupe.

Not much is known about it at this point, but it’s expected to use the same underpinnings as the standard Cayenne, as well as the same drivetrains. The name is not yet official so you should take the "Cayenne Coupe" with a grain of salt, but this badge is very likely given that the sleek crossover will be part of the same family. We’re still waiting for Porsche to confirm the new crossover, but until that happens, we’ve created a rendering of the upcoming vehicle, as well as a speculative review about what it may bring to the table.

Updated 09/28/2016: Based on the recent rumors and speculation, we created a rendering for the upcoming Cayenne Coupe.

Continue reading to find out more about the Porsche Cayenne Coupe.

Spy Shots

August 11, 2016 - First testing session

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Exterior

Needless to say, the test mule is nowhere near a coupe version of the Cayenne. But that’s not surprising. Early prototypes are usually made from various parts borrowed from different models and this one is no exception. Remember how the Maserati Levante first hit the streets as a higher Ghibli with added weight on its roof? This prototype is as weird as the Levante in its first months.

The Cayenne Coupe will borrow most of its styling elements from the SUV and combine them with a roofline similar to the Panamera

Specifically, the body is some sort of mock-up between the Cayenne and the Panamera. While the roof, the rear, and the side panels come from the sedan, the front end mimics that of the Cayenne, featuring a larger bumper. The side skirts are just plastic panels attached to the body work, while the rear bumper has an additional element underneath. Another noticeable detail is that the wheelbase is shorter than a Panamera, while the fenders are wider.

But, despite the awkward body work and the rough detailing, we’re pretty much sure that the Cayenne Coupe will borrow most of its styling elements from the SUV and combine them with a roofline similar to the Panamera. Porsche will also add a roof spoiler and maybe even a trunk lid spoiler in order to make the rear end more aggressive compared to the standard Cayenne. We also modified the rear door and quarter windows, making them lower due to the sloping roofline. The latter are also shorter.

In order to differentiate it even more, Porsche could also give the Cayenne Coupe a couple of unique features in the front and rear. The front bumper could be redesigned to include larger air intakes, while the rear fascia could get reshaped taillights and unique exhaust pipes.

Interior

2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo High Resolution Interior
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Note: Current Porsche Cayenne pictured here.

The interior will also be based on the standard Cayenne, but the features and technology we will find in there depend on whether the new crossover will arrive before or after the SUV gets a redesign. That’s still a mystery as of this writing, but given that Porsche is already testing the vehicle, we could see it in dealerships before the Cayenne gets its next redesign. Besides the usual state-of-the-art technology, luxury materials, and top-notch fit and finish found in the Cayenne, the coupe could also get a number of unique features. Look for a bespoke infotainment display and instrument cluster, a sportier steering wheel, and sports seats as standard equipment.

Drivetrain

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Engines and transmissions will be sourced from the regular Cayenne, but it remains to be seen if the coupe will borrow all of them or just the range-topping units. The base and S models — given there will be a base model — will use a V-6 rated at 300 and 410 horsepower, respectively, while the Turbo and Turbo S will get their juice from the newer, twin-turbo, 4.8-liter V-8. Output for these models will sit at 510 and 560 horsepower, respectively. A diesel is also on the table, with the 4.1-liter V-6 churning out 380 horses. Should the Cayenne Coupe also get a E-Hybrid model, the 3.0-liter V-6 and electric motor combo will send 410 horsepower to the wheels.

Prices

With the current Cayenne retailing from $59,600 in the U.S., it’s safe to assume that the coupe will fetch in excess of $65,000. However, if Porsche skips on the standard base model and offers the S as an entry-level version, the sticker could come in at around $70,000.

Competitors

BMW X6

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The X6 was the first coupe-like SUV to hit the market and 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 X6 gets its juice from a 3.0-liter inline-six and a 4.4-liter V-8. While the former generates 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, the latter cranks out a whopping 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of twist. There’s also a diesel 3.0-liter V-6 that delivers from 255 in the base model to 376 horses and 546 pound-feet in the M50d. U.S. pricing starts from $60,600.

Find out more about the BMW X6 here.

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

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Mercedes-Benz joined this tiny niche in 2016 with the GLE Coupe, a coupe-style version of the M-Class SUV, renamed the GLE in 2015. Sporting styling cues and dimensions similar to the X6, the GLE Coupe also comes with numerous drivetrains sipping both gasoline and diesel. The gas range begins with the GLE 400 4Matic rated at 333 horsepower and 354 pound-feet. More power can be had with the AMG GLE45, which churns 362 horses and 384 pound-feet. On the diesel front, there’s the GLE 350d 4Matic good for 258 horsepower and 457 pound-feet. U.S. pricing starts from $69,650 for the AMG GLE43, currently the base model in North America.

Learn more about the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe here.

Conclusion

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Due to the early development stage it’s in as of August 2016, there’s not much to be said about the upcoming Cayenne Coupe. And since it could be based on the next-gen Cayenne, everything for the exterior design, interior features, and drivetrain are pretty much a mystery as of this writing. However, if the current Cayenne is any indication, the upcoming coupe model should be potent enough to give the already established BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe a run for their money.

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