The new Cayenne from Porsche will be launched in the two variants – Cayenne and Cayenne S and the Turbo V8 will follow shortly. This is the third generation SUV coming to India and it be launched by June this year.

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The Porsche Cayenne has been around for close to two decades now and has been the bestseller for the company in India for a long time now. However, the phasing out of the second generation has taken its toll on the sales numbers here. In fact, the Macan has been quite the hit for the company and now the 718 has grabbed the attention of customers in India. Don’t write off the Cayenne just yet, because Porsche is all set to bring in the new, third generation of the car to India by June this year.

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The SUV from Porsche will be launched in the two variants – Cayenne and Cayenne S and the Turbo V8 will follow shortly. Compared to its predecessor, the new Cayenne integrates major technological and mechanical developments which enhance its performance. This starts with the chassis and progresses to a separated link design for the front axle, a multilink rear axle, and – for the first time with the Cayenne will be available in tyre sizes ranging from 19 to 21 inches. Rear-axle steering is available as an option which helps to improve the car’s agility.

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The Cayenne adopts new design elements that hint at how this generation builds upon its predecessors. New horizontal light edges create a wider, more athletic appearance as do enlarged air intakes in the front fascia. LEDs are a main feature of the new Cayenne and are standard on all models. It also has an option to upgrade from the standard headlights to either the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PLDS) or LED Matrix Beam headlights, which also include PDLS.

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At the heart of the new Porsche Cayenne sits a 3.0-litre single-turbo V6 making 335 bhp and 450 Nm of torque, while the Cayenne S uses a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 that makes 433 bhp and 550 Nm of torque. A newly-developed eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission is standard across the Cayenne line.

Four modes – Mud, Gravel, Sand, or Rocks are also available in both the variants. The drive mode, chassis settings, and differential locks can be selected to adapt to the relevant scenario.

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There are changes to the inside too. There’s a new display and control concept from Porsche and it’s a 12.3-inch full-HD touchscreen, launched last year with the new Panamera. Other buttons are integrated into the smartphone-like, glass-look touch surface, which gives acoustic and haptic feedback when operated. In typical Porsche style, the driver has a central analogue tachometer to view. This is flanked by two 7-inch full-HD displays showing relevant driving data that can be selected and changed using the multi-function steering wheel. Lane Change Assist, Lane Keep Assist including traffic sign recognition, traffic jam assist, ParkAssist including Surround View, and Porsche InnoDrive including adaptive cruise control are also available.

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