At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche will launch its second-generation Cayenne four-wheel drive range. The range will include a hybrid, diesel, and petrol V6 and V8s.
The first-generation Cayenne was heavily criticised for not only diverging from the company's history of low, light, lithe sports cars, but also for its bulbous styling. The new model attempts to quell enthusiasts' outpourings with curvier, more aggressive styling. Despite looking smaller, the second-gen model has actually grown in size.
The Cayenne S Hybrid features a 248kW 3-litre supercharged V6 up front and a 34kW electric motor just ahead of a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Together they can deliver 283kW of power and 580Nm of torque to the wheels. A battery pack resides underneath the boot floor, although Porsche has yet to mention whether they're of the nickel-metal hydride or Lithium-ion variety.
The other headline act in the new Cayenne range is the range-topping Cayenne Turbo model (pictured above). Its twin-turbo 4.8-litre V8 can deliver economy of 11.5L/100km when driven with zen-like calm — down from the 14.9L/100km of its forebear.
The current Australian Cayenne range stretches from AU$102,000 to AU$281,000 (excluding on-road costs). In Germany the base V6 will retail for €55,000 (AU$84,500), with the headline Turbo and S Hybrid models set to lighten wallets to the tune of €115,000 (AU$176,000) and €78,000 (AU$120,000), respectively.
The Cayenne/Touareg twins share much of their engineering, including body panels, key dimensions and many underbody components, but differ in their styling details, as well as some drivetrain combinations.
The VW and Porsche differ quite markedly on the inside, with the Porsche's bathed in acres of leather and more in-your-face styling. It will be interesting to see how different or similar the two model's entertainment and navigation systems are.