Look Out Alfa Romeo, the Stelvio QV may no longer be the fastest SUV.
While McLaren owners are over in the Arctic circle having the time of their lives drifting the 570S, Porsche’s engineers and test drivers must toil in the warm buttery seats of the Cayenne SUV as they take the off roader out to prove itself on the freshly laid snow. We previously caught the next generation of Cayenne out testing and true to cars like the Porsche 911, our spy photographers have found that not much seems to have changed on the exterior of the car.
But just like your mom told you in elementary school, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and this Porsche has heart. Not that the exterior is ugly, Porsche seems to have borrowed from the hugely successful Macan and thrown some of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo into the mix. The result doesn’t look too evolved compared to the previous Cayenne, but under the more muscular skin, highlighted by prominent fenders, is a solid MLB platform borrowed from Porsche’s Volkswagen Group buddies, the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, which will eventually also migrate to Volkswagen and Lamborghini when the new Touareg and Urus come to light.
This is a case where Volkswagen’s cost-cutting ways end up being a good thing because the new platform should help each of these models lose a not so subtle amount of weight. Expect a reduction of 330-440 pounds on this Cayenne, or enough to make the Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV quiver in its Pirellis with the chance that the Cayenne GTS would reclaim its title as the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring. The interior, which we saw with the previous batch of spy shots (our photographers weren’t too keen on traversing snow to catch the insides this time), seems to have more touchscreen controls and fewer physical knobs. Expect to see it in dealerships in late 2017 with a variety of engines, a plug-in variant, and maybe even a diesel.