It was only a matter of time.
The coupe-SUV trend is proving to be contagious. It all started with the BMW X6 nearly a decade ago, a sportier alternative to the X5 featuring a coupe-style sloping roofline. Its success paved the way for the Mercedes GLE Coupe, and more recently the Audi Q8. And now Porsche is joining the coupe-SUV bandwagon. Rumors suggested Porsche has been considering building a coupe version of the new third-generation Cayenne to broaden the model's lineup, but now it's been given the green light according to Autocar.
Porsche boss Oliver Blume told the publication the Cayenne coupe will arrive in the UK in Q4 2019 to rival the BMW X6, Mercedes GLE Coupe, and Audi Q8. Unsurprisingly, the coupe will be based on the more practical third-generation Cayenne and will be built alongside the SUV at Porsche's factory in Leipzig, Germany. According to Autocar, the Cayenne coupe will feature the same front-end styling as its SUV sibling but will have a more unique front bumper design to set it apart. It will also adopt a newly styled liftback-style tailgate, altered rear side windows and sleek new taillights that will give the Cayenne coupe a sporty profile similar to the second-generation Panamera.
Unsurprisingly, a diesel engine isn't being considered. Instead, the Cayenne coupe will be positioned as a performance model with a choice of gasoline engine options including a 440-hp version of Porsche's twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 and a 550 hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, according to the report. We suspect it will also adopt the new Cayenne's hybrid powertrain eventually.