The new 2017 Porsche Cayenne is undoubtedly a fine sporty and utilitarian luxury SUV that makes a strong impression in all of its facets. Some of the distinctive features that it offers include a long list of available options, a wide selection of engines, an impressive and rewarding handling, and an exquisite interior build quality. Furthermore, it features a comprehensive lineup that offers a wide range of models that go a long way in meeting each buyer’s taste and preference. The lineup in question features a regular V6, a turbocharged V6 and V8 models, and a Plug-In Hybrid. Want to know other details including its release date and price? Of course you do, then continue reading our informative review piece.
While critics may be “fast and furious” to mention its foibles – a poor rear visibility, a relatively small cargo volume, a pricey price tag, and a small central touchscreen interface – the Cayenne aficionados may find that list of downsides rather insignificant given the great strengths that it counters with. In all fairness, I think I’d concur with the latter group!
For 2017, the new Porsche Cayenne 2017 lineup bulges further thanks to the addition of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid Platinum, and the limited Edition Cayenne models therefore bringing the total to eight. Yes folks, you heard that right – eight is the number. In addition, the latest Porsche Cayenne gets the latest PCM 4.0 touchscreen infotainment system that is offered as a default system across the board.
The Cayenne is best described as a jack-of-all-trades, probably the reason why it has managed to keep its sales figures stubbornly high irrespective of its price and competition. Again, depending on the trim model, the 2017 Cayenne offers power ranging from “just” 300 horsepower for the base model to a mind-blowing 570-horsepower for the heavy-hitting Cayenne Turbo 8. With all this power and technologies to spare, there’s no doubt that the Cayenne is the patron of its class.
Regardless of your choice, a myriad of options and customization features are available. While these options may add a significant aesthetic and performance value to your model, the impact to the price isn’t something that should be taken for granted. But of course, buyers shopping for a Porsche are more often than not loaded. But for the rest of us, it may be judicious to be a tad bit cautious. Options include trim accents like Alcantara, leather, carbon fiber, and aluminum; a dozen choices for the wheel designs; and performance features such as active anti-roll bars, electronically controlled dampers, and adjustable air suspension systems; and off-road features such as underbody protection for the rear axle, fuel tank, engine, and rocker panels.
Well, other solid rivals include the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, 2016 Audi Q7, 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE, and the 2017 BMW X5. The choices here are arguably outstanding, no doubt, but we still find the model under review to be easily recommendable especially for shoppers with loaded wallets.
2017 Porsche Cayenne Release Date & Price
Sources in the know say the new model’s release date is set for early 2017. As for the cost of ownership, here’re the details: the Cayenne GTS – $95,500, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid – $77,200, the Cayenne S – $74,800, the Cayenne Turbo – $114,700, the base Cayenne – $58,300, and the Cayenne Turbo S – $157,300. All prices are inclusive of the US destination charge.
2017 Porsche Cayenne Exterior
The exterior of the Cayenne models has been update mildly and is dependent on the trim model. Some of the visual features include 18-inch alloy wheels, a power tailgate, LED taillights and daytime running lights, foglights, xenon headlights, exclusive 20-inch wheels (Cayenne Platinum Edition), 19-inch wheels (Cayenne S), and 21-inch wheels (Cayenne Turbo S).
2017 Porsche Cayenne Interior
When it comes to life aboard the Cayenne models, expect an instantly recognizable design at least for past Porsche users. Some of the standard accessories available include partial leather upholstery, a dual-zone automatic climate control, power-folding heated mirrors, a 10-speaker audio system, a 7-inch central touchscreen, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and an eight-way power front seats.
Eight trims are available for the 2017 Porsche Cayenne: Turbo S, Turbo, GTS, S, S-E-Hybrid, Base Cayenne, Cayenne Platinum, and the Cayenne S E-Hybrid Platinum Limited Edition models.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 6 in. (114 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 11.1 in. (191.1 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 6.7 in. (78.7 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 23.6 cu.ft. (max 62.9 cu.ft. )
Curb weight: 4488 lbs.
Top Speed: 151 mph
0-60: 4.2 sec
MPG: 19/24 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Black, Carmine Red, Carrara White Metallic, Jet Black Metallic, Mahogany Metallic, Meteor Grey Metallic, Moonlight Blue Metallic, Palladium Metallic, Peridot Metallic, Rhodium Silver Metallic, Umber Metallic, White,,,
Towing Capacity: 7,716 lbs
Power ranges from as “little” as 300 horsepower offered by the Porsche Cayenne base model to as high as the 570 horsepower generated for the Cayenne Turbo model. The top-of-the-range Cayenne Turbo 0-60 mph takes just 4.2 seconds – an impressive run given its size.
The Cayenne Diesel model has been discontinued until further notice, according to Porsche.
Well, for a midsize luxury SUV that runs from 0-60 mph in sub-five seconds, it is only natural that it comes equipped with some of the industry’s best safety features. Indeed, for Porsche this is more of an obvious thing than it is a natural thing. Safety for its passengers is an important constituent of its DNA. Beyond the hype however, the new model comes with a host of new technologies in addition to the existing ones. This should enable the Cayenne achieve a five star rating for overall crash impact safety. Full details on this will be provided on its release date.