Porsche’s Cayenne met with skepticism from the automaker’s staunchest fans back when the first-generation SUV launched, but by now it’s a mainstay of the range. Now in its third-generation, the 2019 Cayenne is an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary design change, but there’s much more to the luxury truck than first meets the eye. Most notable is a huge reduction in weight.
Porsche switched to aluminum for much of the bodywork and structure, and in the process slashed more than a hundred pounds in weight from the second-generation car. It also lowers the center of gravity, meaning that even in this, the entry-level Cayenne with its new turbocharged V6 engine, there’s no shortage on performance. Things get even more dramatic with the Sport Chrono package.
Inside, fit and finish are as good as before, but the design has been streamlined. A cleaner, easier-to-use center console is joined by a new infotainment system which is markedly faster and swifter to navigate.