Porsche has given the go ahead to a Cayenne Coupe which will go on sale in 2019.
To be based on the current third-gen Cayenne SUV, it’s set to take on the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.
It’s news that could have gone a bit under the radar, with the company putting its efforts into promoting its new electric sports car, the Porsche Taycan.
But according to Autocar, the green light was granted by Porsche CEO Oliver Blume, in a bid to reel in its German rivals.
This is a turnaround for Porsche, which was the trendsetter in the sports luxury SUV niche. You may remember that the Cayenne was also the vehicle that transformed the company, and depsite the naysayers, it went ahead and created the Cayenne.
So with BMW and Mercedes-Benz selling plenty of coupe SUVs (and Audi gearing up with its Q8), Porsche certainly wants a slice of the action.
Around 20,000 BMW X6s have been sold per annum for the past three years in both the U.S. and Europe, which is around two thirds of the Cayenne’s volume in those markets.
So, if Porsche can capture some of those customers, that’s a handy boost to the bottom line.
The first hint that there may be a coupe version of the Cayenne came early last year when spy photographers captured a large coupe-like shape during winter testing.
It was assumed at the time that it was a test mule for the Taycan (known then as the Porsche Mission E), but now with Autocar stating that “engineering sources close to the German car maker” have confirmed its timeline, it appears the test vehicle was indeed the forerunner to the Cayenne coupe.
The new SUV is expected to take most of its front end from the Cayenne, with some enhancements to the front bumper to differentiate it from the five-door donor car.
From the A-pillar back, however, there will be quite a lot of changes. Different glass, a restyled rear end with a lift back tailgate (electric, of course) and tail lights that more closely mirror the 911 and Panamera will feature.
To signify its sporting intent, there won’t be a diesel version. Rather, there will be the same 440hp twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 as found in the Cayenne S, as well as a hotter twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 petrol that it shares with the Bentayga V8 and Lamborghini Urus.
There will also be ZF’s excellent eight speed auto and power will run to all four wheels, but expect an even firmer suspension tune, a range of large wheels (22-inch will be probably the most popular) and perhaps some extra braking power.
All will be revealed next year, where the Cayenne Coupe may even get its reveal at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, if not before at the 2019 Geneva motor show.
SUV Authority will bring you all the details when they come to hand.