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Porsche Cayenne at the Geneva Motor Show 2010 - This is the new Cayenne

Sebastian Viehmann
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M with the Porsche Cayenne, Porsche managed to open up many new markets to tap into. He was never a hot candidate for a beauty award anyway. From 2010 onwards, the successor should above all ensure social acceptance, and it will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

With a Porsche, you are almost always in the right dress: whether Boxster, Cayman or 911 - their design style dresses every driver like a tailor-made suit. Only the Porsche Cayenne outfit does not fit properly so far. The off-roader looks clumsy with its poorly concealed XXL dimensions, and in times of fierce CO2 discussions it even gives the impression of socio-political incompatibility. The result: sales collapsed by 57 percent in the first quarter of the Porsche fiscal year. Time to say goodbye - this song may easily come off the lips of the new Porsche CEO Michael Macht in the current situation.

The look of the Porsche Cayenne is getting closer to the 911

With the model change In May 2010, he particularly wants to strengthen the social acceptance of the luxury SUV - with a comparatively simple trick: the outside of the Porsche Cayenne is similar to the 911 dress and inside it wears the mink of the Porsche Panamera (the Porsche Panamera S in the top -Test). Anyone who makes the before-and-after comparison should be surprised how quickly the misshapen chunk can be turned into a crisp off-roader with a sporty look. The front cooling air openings have noticeably shrunk, the headlights are reminiscent of those of the Porsche 911, and especially the rear, with its two-part taillights, looks more appetizing than before. 40 millimeters more wheelbase ensures more balanced proportions, and although the rear window is no longer as steep, the space in the trunk has been improved.

The volume has increased by 120 to 670 liters, so there is space for four golf bags. All models now include a variable rear bench seat that can be moved 16 centimeters lengthways and the backrest can be tilted by six degrees. In addition, the interior should be more elegant and more typical of the brand: the round instruments are now tube-shaped, and the previously rather dreary atmosphere has become noticeably friendlier thanks to all sorts of decorations. The wide center console proves to take some getting used to, especially since it houses an apparently infinite number of switches. But criticism in detailshouldn't take your eyes off the essentials: You have never looked better in a Porsche Cayenne.

The Porsche Cayenne has lost 180 kilograms

In order to get rid of its reputation as a supposed polluter, the all-wheel drive became Significantly slimmed down: The scales on the Porsche Cayenne S now show 180 kilograms less, while still remaining a respectable 2,065 kilograms curb weight. Lightweight construction in the area of ​​the chassis has saved 66 kilograms, the weight of the doors has been reduced by 39 kilograms, and a new cable harness reduces the weight by another ten kilograms. Together with internal engine measures, Porsche has succeeded in reducing CO2 emissions by up to 26 percent and fuel consumption by up to 23 percent. Three of the five models on offer should consume less than ten liters of fuel per 100 kilometers on average and two of them emit less than 200 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

The Porsche Cayenne is now also available as a hybrid

You can choose from the three-liter TDI from the VW shelf (240 hp), the 3.6-liter V6 petrol engine (now 300 instead of 290 hp), the Porsche Cayenne S with 400-hp V8 Sauger (previously: 385 hp), the still 500 hp turbo and, as a new highlight, the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid. Here a 333 hp three-liter supercharged V6 is combined with a 34 kW electric motor. With a total system output of 380 hp, this model should be modest according to the ECE cycle with 8.2 liters of petrol per 100 kilometers. You don't have to be a clairvoyant to predict a high level of attraction for this version.

In future, all versions will be available with the new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission, and in conjunction with this will have a start /stop function. Say goodbye to the rough sections off the road: the optional off-road technology package with gear reduction and mechanical differential lock for the rear axle is no longer required. In addition, the sports version GTS and the over-Cayenne Turbo S have been removed from the range.

Porsche Cayenne: Price from 55,431 EUR

Depending on the model, prices rise between 2,531 and 4,400 euros. The entry-level Cayenne with V6 petrol engine starts at 55,431 euros, while the Cayenne Diesel costs 59,596 euros. The Cayenne S with a V8 petrol engine is 72,686 euros on the price tag, while the new hybrid version Cayenne S Hybrid costs 78,636 euros. The front runner in the range will be the Cayenne Turbo with a purchase price of 115,526 euros. Sales of the new model series will start on May 8, 2010.


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