Porsche to launch all-new Cayenne in Geneva

Longer yet lighter and more environment-friendly
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Feb 25, 2010

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Porsche has decided not to prolong the suspense as it has finally revealed the next-generation Cayenne.

Set to make its worldwide debut at the Geneva International Motor Show, the Porsche Cayenne has turned out to be one of the most important nameplates in the German carmaker's recent history as it easily accounted for a third of the company's global sales since 2002.

Though the all-new Cayenne is marginally larger than its predecessor--the wheelbase and body are longer by 1.6 and 1.9 inches, respectively--it's still lighter by 400lbs, thanks to its extra-light all-wheel drivetrain.

Helping the Porsche Cayenne be even more environmentally-efficient are the new Tiptronic S eight-speed automatic transmission with Auto Start Stop and a wide spread of gear ratios, thermal management on the engine and transmission cooling circuit, on-board network recuperation, variable engine cut-off and intelligent lightweight construction.

The launch of the all-new Cayenne will be led by the Cayennne S Hybrid which Porsche claims to be very fuel efficient as it consumes just 8.2 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometers.

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This particular model can run with either the three-liter, 333hp V6 supercharged petrol engine or with the 47hp electric motor, or even with both at the same time for a total 380hp output at a peak torque of 580Nm. Its performance is nearly equivalent to that of the previous-generation Cayenne S with a petrol-powered V8 mill.

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Other variants are the entry-level 3.6-liter V6 Cayennewith 300hp, the 3-liter V6 Cayenne Diesel with 240hp and 550Nm of torque, the 4.8-liter V8 Cayenne S with 400hp, and the range-topping 500hp, 4.2-liter V8 bi-turbo Cayenne Turbo.

The all-new Porsche Cayenne is set to go on sale in Europe starting May 8.

Click here to see Porsche Cayenne variants currently available in the Philippine market.

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