The rumours were true, Porsche is indeed working on a coupe body style for the Cayenne.
Snapped by our spy photographer doing its thing near Stuttgart, the test mule appears to borrow the sloping roof design of the Macan crossover. The rear end of the newcomer is more Panamera than Cayenne or Macan.
The design of the front fascia is like the Cayenne, but the windshield, rear and side windows differ. It appears that Porsche went for a more fluid styling for the Cayenne coupe without going all out as Lamborghini did with the Urus.
As for the small-diameter steel rotors and trapezoidal dual-exhaust system, these details suggest that the engine bay is home to a six-cylinder engine, be it the 3.0-litre V6 or 2.9-litre V6. However, Porsche will fit a 4.0-litre V8 in there for the Turbo. A high-performance plug-in hybrid is on the cards too, packing around 507kW.
Given the go-ahead by Porsche CEO Oliver Blume and expected to arrive in the second half of 2019, the Cayenne coupe will battle with the likes of the Audi Q8, BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE coupe as well as its cousin, the Urus. Scheduled to go into production alongside the Cayenne in Leipzig, Germany, the coupe will come standard with all-wheel drive. The system will be rear-biased.
Previously spotted testing with the bodyshell of the Panamera, the Cayenne coupe rides on the Volkswagen Group MLB Evo platform and comes as standard with the eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission. As far as the interior is concerned, expect the different roof and rear end to eat into the headroom and cargo capacity.
The design of the interior, meanwhile, will be unchanged from the Cayenne: the tachometer is flanked by two seven-inch screens while the Porsche Communication Management system spans a diameter of 12.3 inches. – BD Motor News (Pics: Spidebilde/Brian Williams Photography)