Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Third generation Porsche Cayenne is Officially Launched in Malaysia

After holding a special preview of the all-new third generation Porsche Cayenne in Kuala Lumpur last January 2018, Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) have officially launched the third generation Porsche Cayenne here in Malaysia. This new third generation Cayenne combines even more of the typical Porsche performance with excellent everyday practicality. It also looks so much better than the previous generations, with it looking lower and somehow smaller in perspective. 

The new Cayenne is launched in two variants: Cayenne (above) and Cayenne S (the white one at the start of this article). The retail base price with zero-rated GST for the new Cayenne and Cayenne S starts from RM745,000 and RM890,000 respectively and all Porsche cars sold by SDAP come with a four-year warranty and free maintenance package which includes complimentary service, parts and labour. The stated price includes all applicable duties, except registration fee, road tax and insurance. 

With the all-new Cayenne, Porsche has moved things up to another level in terms of refinement, comfort and sportiness. The new turbo engines, new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox, new chassis systems and excellent connectivity all add to the already great package that previous generations of the Cayenne that Porsche had brought to us. 

The base Cayenne variant comes with a 3.0 litre V6 turbocharged engine which makes 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque. It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds (5.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package - for a few thousand Ringgit more) with a maximum speed of 245 km/h. 'Entry Level' Cayenne is so much quicker than before with turbocharging. You actually save on road tax too.

The Cayenne S, which is powered by a smaller capacity 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbocharged engine. This derivative of the Porsche V6 gets reworked in terms of increased boost, stronger internals but as stated, smaller capacity most likely due to thicker piston sidewalls to handle the increased boost and compression. It makes 440 hp and 550 Nm of torque. The new Cayenne S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds (with Sport Chrono Package: 4.9 seconds), and reaches a maximum speed of 265 km/h. You actually save a little bit more on road tax with this higher specced model too!

Speaking at the launch earlier today, Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Auto Performance (pictured above) said, “The new Cayenne promises to be more Porsche and more Cayenne than ever. It further emphasises the character of the vehicle: to be more precise, elegant, athletic and expressive. The Cayenne has also been digitalised and networked throughout to provide another level of digital connectivity to the cockpit. This is how the Cayenne makes the Porsche experience even more fascinating but remains as a genuine sports car for five,” 

Porsche has stated that much of the new Cayenne is based extensively on the iconic 911 sports car. This is aside from the very familiar Porsche styling. It's what's underneath. For the first time, the third generation Cayenne, which has also been enhanced visually, now has mixed, wider rear tyres and rear-axle steering (an option). These new additions would make the new Cayenne perform better, there would be more rear grip from the wider rear end yet it would be able to turn more quickly due to rear wheel steering. 

In addition to these typical sports car features, the on-road capabilities are further improved by active all-wheel drive as standard, Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) electronic roll stabilisation system. Even with this extra equipment, the new third generation Cayenne weighs 65 kilograms less than its predecessor and remains perfectly suited to off-road use. This large SUV would be a little more nimble to drive because of the chassis development. 

The All New Porsche Cayenne Design & Equipment Summary (More photos of both the Cayenne and the Cayenne are below):

New Dynamic Design Language: firmer design and larger wheels
The all new Cayenne features a design which is new and yet familiar: The appearance of the Cayenne has been enhanced with style that runs through the Porsche Design DNA. The enlarged air intakes at the front are clear indicators of the increased performance. The new horizontal light edges mean that the SUV now appears wider and more athletic, even when stationary. With an exterior length increased by 63 millimetres without any change to the wheelbase (2,895 millimetres) and a roof height reduced by nine millimetres compared with its predecessor, the elegant, streamlined impression of the Cayenne, which is 4,918 millimetres long and 1,983 millimetres wide (excluding mirrors), has been noticeably enhanced.

The luggage compartment volume is now 770 litres. This is an increase of 100 litres. The wheels are one inch larger in diameter, with larger wheels and tyres on the rear axle for the first time, emphasising the enhanced driving dynamics. The distinctive, three-dimensional Porsche logo spans the redesigned rear lights with three-dimensional light design and end-to-end narrow strip of LEDs.

Porsche is offering a new three-stage lighting concept for the headlights: Every Cayenne is fitted with LED headlights as standard. With the next upgrade, the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) can be selected as an option, offering a variety of light modes such as cornering light and motorway light. The new LED main headlights with matrix beam including PDLS Plus are the best system available. Fully variable light distribution and intensity are achieved by 84 individually activated light-emitting diodes. This means that the Cayenne can offer new functions such as high beam that does not glare opposing traffic, as well as adaptive sign glare control.

The Drivetrain: Tiptronic S and Porsche Traction Management (PTM)
The Cayenne’s expanded performance range, improving both sportiness and comfort, is due to the new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox. The latest version of the Porsche Tiptronic gearbox features shorter response times and sportier ratios in the lower gears enhance both on-road performance and off-road capability. At the other end of the expanded spread between comfort and sportiness, the long-transmission eighth gear ensures low torques, optimised fuel consumption and relaxed driving.

Even on rough terrain,  programmed off-road modes make it easy for the driver to select the right setup for their drive. The default setting is the Onroad programme. Four other modes activate the conditioning for mild off-road terrain: Mud, Gravel, Sand or Rocks. The drive, chassis and differential locks can be selected to adapt to the relevant scenario. For power distribution, Porsche utilises the active all-wheel drive in all Cayenne models. The intelligent, fully variable Porsche Traction Management (PTM) distributes the driving force between the drive axles. Its hang-on concept is a key principle for the excellent sporting performance of the new Cayenne. At the same time, it fulfils all the requirements for extensive traction on rough terrain.

Chassis Development: Following the 911- lightweight chassis with mixed tyres
The new Cayenne combines three chassis concepts in one new design: sports car, off-roader and touring car. Quite hard to think that it can do all of this but Porsche's engineers seem to have it figured out. This involved a new lightweight chassis base with a front axle featuring a separated link design and a multi-link rear axle. A typical sports car feature is the new mixed tyres, which are now fitted on wheels measuring in at a minimum of 19 inches. The mixed tyres improve stability and driving dynamics on bends. Porsche offers wheel sizes up to 21 inches as an option for the Cayenne.

New Important Developments to the Chassis: rear-axle steering, air suspension, roll stabilisation
This format provides the optimal basis for the active chassis systems, which are analysed and synchronised by the integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control system. The system works in real time, optimising handling even further. With the exception of the active PASM damper system (which is standard with the Cayenne S), all other chassis systems are new developments. For the first time, the Cayenne is available with electric rear-axle steering. The system, tried and tested both in the 911 and the Panamera, improves agility on bends and stability when changing lanes at high speeds. The reduced turning circle also makes everyday handling of the SUV easier.

The optional adaptive air suspension with new three-chamber technology significantly increases the spread between a sporty, firm connection and the driving comfort expected of a touring car. Just as before, the system enables adjustments to the ground clearance on rough terrain. With the optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation, sporty drivers benefit by changing from a hydraulic to an electric system. This switch is made possible by a powerful 48-volt vehicle electrical system. Shorter response times enable even more precision in driving dynamics, and even more comfort on moderate drives.

New Brake Option: Porsche Surface Coated Brake with tungsten-carbide layer

The all-new Porsche Cayenne can be specified with Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) discs - seen above on the Cayenne S (Note the white calipers). This world first is available as an option for all Cayenne models and consists of a cast iron disc with a tungsten-carbide coating. This finish increases the friction values while wear and brake dust are significantly reduced. The brakes, exclusive to Porsche, is also visually impressive: The brake calipers are painted white, while the surface of the discs develops a unique gloss level after bedding-in. The PSCB is only available in combination with the 20-inch or 21-inch wheels. However, the PCCB ceramic brakes remain the top system in the range. This is a level below those brakes.

New Sport Chrono Package with PSM Sport
The new Cayenne offers even more potential when it comes to sporty performance. Porsche has redeveloped the Sport Chrono Package based on the model of the sports car. The MODE switch button on the steering wheel is one clear indicator of this approach. As well as the Normal, Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, the driver can select an individually configurable mode. 

Pressing the Sport Response button located in the centre activates the engine and transmission maps(which allows some overboost), which are calibrated for maximum performance (not available without this package). The Sport Chrono Package also includes a separate PSM Sport mode, in which the driver can utilise the new Cayenne’s full driving dynamics. The Sports Chrono Package must be specified with the car and cannot be bought as a retrofit. So this is one special option which customers should tick right at the start. Sport Plus mode is an option only available with the Sport Chrono Package.

Reduced weight means lower fuel consumption and even more driving pleasure 
Following the 911 and the Panamera, the body of the new Cayenne also uses a combination of alloy and steel. The exterior is made entirely of aluminium. The floorpan assembly, front section and virtually all the chassis components are also manufactured from alloy. One particular technical highlight is the innovative lithium-ion polymer starter battery, which alone accounts for a weight saving of 10 kg over the predecessor model. 

Basically, the weight of the Cayenne when empty has been reduced from 2,040 to 1,985 kilograms even in spite of the significantly extended standard equipment, which now includes LED main headlights, larger wheels, ParkAssist (front and rear). A lighter car always turns easier, brakes better, accelerates faster. Porsche has been slowly chipping away at the Cayenne's weight (as with its other models) generation after generation making it lighter and therefore, faster.

Digital evolution: Porsche Advanced Cockpit and new PCM 
The Porsche Advanced Cockpit is fully integrated into the sporty, luxurious atmosphere. At the heart of the new display and control concept from Porsche is a new 12.3-inch full-HD touchscreen from the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM). This was first launched in 2017 with the new Panamera. A range of digital functions can be operated intuitively including voice control. The analogue controls on the new centre console are focused on the main functions of the vehicle. Other buttons are we;; integrated into the smartphone-like, glass-look touch surface, giving acoustic and haptic feedback when operated. In typical Porsche style, the driver has a central analogue tachometer to view. This is flanked by two 7-inch full-HD displays, which display all other relevant driving data plus additional information selected using the multi-function steering wheel. 

Your personal Cayenne with more customisation
At the same time, the new PCM brings the next level of customisation. It is not only the start screen and main menu that can be adjusted to the driver’s needs. Up to six individual profiles can also be configured. As well as a large number of interior settings, a profile is used to store specifications for lights, driving programmes and assistance systems. Depending on the equipment, the driver can also apply their own settings to the new sound systems from Bose® and Burmester®. 

The retail base price with zero-rated GST for the new Cayenne and Cayenne S starts from RM745,000 and RM890,000 respectively. The must have options in the Cayenne are however extensive and you'd actually want to have about RM200,000 worth of equipment like the rear-axle steering, sports chrono package and even sound systems. 

All Porsche cars sold by SDAP come with a four-year warranty and free maintenance package which includes complimentary service, parts and labour. The stated price includes all applicable duties, except registration fee, road tax and insurance. Specifications and prices are subject to change without prior notice. The zero-rated pricing will only be applicable for models delivered before 31 August 2018.

Porsche 360 Financing will also be made available on the new Cayenne according to the folks at SDAC. It is an intelligent alternative to conventional financing that reduces monthly payments by up to 30% and provides flexible financing terms for better cash flow management.

Do contact the following Porsche Centres if you are interested in the new Cayenne:
Porsche Centre Glenmarie +60(3) 5030 9911
Porsche Centre Sungai Besi +60(19) 675 9911
Porsche Centre Penang +60(19) 400 9911

Notes: Fuel consumption and emissions1)
Cayenne: combined fuel consumption 9.2–9.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 209–205 g/km
Cayenne S: combined fuel consumption 9.4–9.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 213–209 g/km
1) Range depends on the tyre set used



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