Images of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne have been inadvertently leaked online by UK motoring website Auto Express, ahead of its official launch later this week.
As the pics show, the new Cayenne’s designs changes are evolutionary, though the model shown in the pictures has a more conservative appearance thanks in part to its wider grille.
There are a few noticeable differences though, including the sleek LED tail lights inspired by the Panemera Sport Turismo wagon. The interior is also similar to the Panemera’s, particularly its dashboard that’s dominated by a large 12.3-inch panoramic touchscreen and gauge cluster with five main displays.
The “E3” Porsche Cayenne shares its MLBevo underpinnings with the Audi Q7 and is expected to use a similar engine line-up, including a more powerful version of the twin-turbo, electrically supercharged 320kW/900Nm 4.0-litre diesel V8 that powers the SQ7.
It’s also expected to carry over the 3.0-litre V6 petrol and diesel engines from the current model, as well as a smaller turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that is used in the Macan range, which could lead to more affordable variants.
This Cayenne should also spawn another plug-in hybrid version with a similar 4.0-litre V8-powered petrol-electric drivetrain to the 500kW/850Nm system used in the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
Rumours also suggest that this new generation Cayenne will be fully-electric capable as part of Porsche’s Mission E project once that begins to roll out to their mainstream models.
Porsche Australia is unable to reveal further information about the 2018 Cayenne, including local range details, until after the official launch on Wednesday morning (Tuesday evening in Germany).
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