When the Porsche Cayenne SUV made its debut in 2002 and went on sale in the U.S. in 2003, there were many skeptics that thought the mid-size SUV would never succeed on the stateside. Sales of the Cayenne dipped significantly in 2006, resulting in Porsche to skip the 2007 model year altogether. But the Porsche Cayenne is back for 2008, and the slight facelift and new engine lineup has done wonders for the SUV.
As the long overdue redesign for the Porsche Cayenne arrives, rumors are flying that Porsche is working on baby-version of the Cayenne. And while Porsche’s CEO Wiedking came out and said “there will be no baby Cayenne,” the statement isn’t entirely true. According to these latest photo renderings, it seems Porsche engineers will be shrinking the size of the next-generation Cayenne. Porsche seems to want to venture more into the booming ‘Crossover’ market, offering a more performance vehicle.
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Technical specs wise, Porsche will carry over the V6 and V8 models that produce anywhere from 290 to 500 horsepower. Porsche has also said the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid SUV will be ready by the end of the decade, just in time for the redesign.
While Porsche is targeting a fuel-economy of 24 mpg, future developments may allow Porsche engineers to push the Cayenne hybrid to 26 mpg. The Stuttgart auto maker is targeting an improvement in fuel-consumption of about 25 percent. Porsche says that their Cayenne Hybrid can run on battery power alone when the SUV is cruising at speeds of 75mph.
Photo Renderings: 2010 Porsche Cayenne SUV:
Photo Renderings Copyright ©2007 Christian Schulte Design for eGMCarTech.
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