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Spot the All-New Porsche Cayenne Like a True Porschephile

Impress your friends with your ability to distinguish the new model from the outgoing one.
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Porsche always takes an evolutionary vs. a revolutionary approach when it comes to redesigning its vehicles.

As the Porsche designers begin penning the lines of a model’s new generation, they take the current generation model and go from there instead of starting with a clean slate.

This is the main reason Porsche cars and SUVs are familiar and easily recognizable even from afar. The current-generation 911 for instance still has the same iconic shape it's had since it first went into production over five decades ago.

The third-generation of the popular Cayenne midsize SUV is designed with the same conservative approach and thus bears a striking resemblance to the outgoing model.

This all-new Cayenne will soon be prowling Philippine roads and will be easily mistaken for the second-gen Cayenne. Here's how to spot the difference with Cayenne-discerning eyes:

The third-generation Porsche Cayenne grew longer by 2.5 inches.

The Cayenne gets that horizontal strip of LEDs similar to the ones on the all-wheel-drive 911 models. Nice touch!


Unless a Porsche is parked or stuck in traffic, its rear is often the last thing you will see before it makes you eat its dust. You therefore absolutely need to nail this. Not to worry; this strip of LED lights stretching from the left tail light to the right tail light is the easiest way to tell the all-new Cayenne from the outgoing model. These strips of rear LED lights were first introduced in the all-wheel-drive 911 (991) models, distinguishing them from their two-wheel-drive brethren. Adopting this feature makes perfect sense for the Cayenne since it is all-wheel drive too.

Those rocking 19-inch stock wheels fill up the wheel wells very nicely.


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The new Cayenne gets bigger with 19-inch wheels and lower profile tires (top) than the previous Cayenne’s 18-inch wheels (bottom)

For the second-gen Cayenne, only the baddest-ass Cayenne, the Cayenne Turbo, came with stock 19-inch wheels; the rest of the line-up got smaller 18 inches.

Nineteen-inch wheels are now standard on all third-gen Cayennes. Furthermore, staggered tires—the rear tires are wider than the front—are standard too. All these not only make for a more athletic overall appearance, but also boost performance.

The old analog instrument panel of the second generation is remarkable.


Would you rather have the predominantly digital instrument panel of the new Cayenne (top) or do you prefer looking at an old-school analog instrument panel such as the outgoing Cayenne’s (bottom)?

Like its cousins from the Volkswagen Group’s other luxury brands, the Cayenne’s instrument panel is going more and more digital. The new Cayenne retains the trademark Porsche five-dial set-up but only the middle one—the tachometer—remains analog. Two pairs of smaller, full-HD digital dials flank the tachometer. The move to digital is sure to polarize Porsche-philes; technological advancement is always a good thing but not necessarily a good-looking one. After all, a needle in action set against a dial with neatly arranged characters is just so pleasing to the eye. Besides, glancing at a handsome, three-dimensional analog instrument panel while a vehicle is in motion is one of the simple joys of driving. Have you ever admired a digital watch for its beauty? Exactly.

The 12.3-inch full-HD touchscreen of the infotainment is huge!


The new Cayenne’s large touchscreen for the infotainment system recognizes handwritten inputs.

The center stack is dominated by a 12.3-inch touchscreen that Porsche claims to be as intuitive to use as a tablet. This touchscreen—the nerve center of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system—controls the audio system, navigation, mobile phone interface, and even the sports exhaust system. The touchscreen responds to actions such as the swiping of a finger or zooming in or out with two fingers. It can even respond before being touched and will display sub-menus when it senses a hand approaching it. The screen can also recognize handwriting so destinations can simply be written on the screen.

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The all-new Cayenne’s headlight cluster looks less cluttered.


We prefer the more minimalist approach to the new Cayenne’s headlight (top) compared to the previous Cayenne’s (bottom).

From the front, the easiest way to tell the new Cayenne from the model it replaces is via the headlights. For the second-gen Cayenne, each headlight was made up of two separate clusters of lighting elements housed by two rings. The third-gen Cayenne, on the other hand, makes do with a single cluster and fewer lighting elements, creating a neater, less cluttered overall look.

To further boost your credibility as a Porschephile, you should be able to pronounce this SUV’s name properly: it is POR-sha KA-yen.

Porsche Centre Philippines is now accepting reservations for the new Cayenne and will begin deliveries in the third quarter of 2018.

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