The Porsche Cayenne Coupe Will Soon Be Here To Crush The BMW X6

Spy Shots

Closely followed by the Macan Coupe.

Of all the controversies generated by Porsche over the years, few have been as opinion-dividing as the Cayenne SUV. Though it's undoubtedly morphed into a fine car in its own right that's helped bankroll the development of many terrific performance models, the idea of a company like Porsche selling something like the Cayenne still irritates many Internet keyboard warriors. As a result, we doubt many will be happy to hear the next Porsche Cayenne will also be coming in coupe form.

As demonstrated in these new spy shots, this high-riding, Panamera-bodied development mule clearly points towards a version of the next Cayenne that follows in the footsteps of the BMW X6, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and the upcoming Range Rover Coupe. With the benefit of hindsight, it was probably inevitable that a Cayenne with a more steeply raked roofline would emerge one day, and a coupe-SUV does kinda fit in with Porsche's sports car heritage more than the standard five-door car, but it's still a pretty big departure for Porsche. Plus, it also means we're now potentially one step closer to seeing a Macan Coupe materialise at some point in the near future.

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As we've only got exterior shots, we can't say for certain what the Cayenne Coupe's interior will be like, and the Panamera cladding on the test car means we can't make any definitive conclusions on the styling either. That said, we do expect the Cayenne Coupe to be visually distinct from the standard vehicle in a few areas, and the cabin should be just as plush as we understand the next Cayenne's will be (albeit with reductions in rear head room and trunk space). We're also reliably informed that the Cayenne Coupe won't be a launch bodystyle for the third-generation Cayenne - instead, we'll likely see the finished Cayenne Coupe for the first time in 2017 as a 2018MY vehicle.

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