If your road trip fantasy includes blazing down the highway in a luxury sports car, having to decide which other friend to have the fortune of tagging along might be a dilemma. Not if you’re on one of Porsche’s Cayenne SUV. Sure it’s no two-seater beauty but the Stuttgart firm nods to its racing heritage while keeping the spirit of utility alive with its third rendition.
When the Cayenne first launched in 2003, purists raised their fists in the air and shouted blasphemy as the brand looked beyond the tracks and into the wilderness for its first luxury off-roader. It rubbed many fans the wrong way as the model sported firsts on many fronts: the first V8-equipped car since the 928 was discontinued, the first off-road Variant sports car since some tractors in the ‘50s, and the first ever Porsche with four doors.
Yet with its off-roading capabilities, spacious interiors and dashing good looks, the Cayenne proved everyone wrong by becoming one of the most successful Porsche models ever, even saving the firm from near-bankruptcy.
In Porsche’s quest to SUV-ise sportscars, the new mid-sized luxury crossover gets the same 911-inspired styling as the Macan. The same underpinnings as Audi’s Q7 and Bentley’s Bentayga is also shared here. As expected from an off-roader, the Cayenne will also see a selection of drive modes for any terrain, including mud, gravel, sand, and rocks.
But as the SUV war rages on with luxury car brands, Porsche’s not about to rest on its laurels anytime soon. Here are five ways it has improved the third-generation Cayenne for 2018.