Porsche has always been a high performance luxury auto producer, so focusing more on a project that was in the end supposed to bring us the first SUV in the history of the company was quite a risky job. Customers had no idea what to expect when the Porsche SUV was prepared to enter production, while the German manufacturer was still unsure whether the public would have a positive reaction to the new model.
The first generation Cayenne was unveiled in 2002 and reached US soil one year later to become one of the best selling SUVs in the segment. Developed on the same platform as Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7 but customized in a way only Porsche knows how, the Cayenne was described by its creators as "the first vehicle to really put the sport into sport-utility."
And after tens of tests conducted all around the world, critics had to remain tightlipped: the Cayenne was indeed a state-of-the-art model regardless the chapter we're talking about. Sales increased rapidly in most markets. The Cayenne quickly turned into a hate it or love it kind of model, as some people criticized it for the design, while others simply adored it.
Since the Cayenne proved to be more successful than anybody had expected, the German carmaker decided to make one more step to expand the lineup and announced both a diesel and a hybrid version of a SUV that was regarded as the perfect blend between agility, comfort and fuel efficiency. Some said that with the release of the two new variants, Porsche was moving further from the image it has built in the past, but this didn't stop the company either.
The Cayenne Diesel saw daylight in February 2009 (with the public debut taking place at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show) and came with a 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine, obviously provided by the new owner Volkswagen. The Hybrid on the other hand was announced at the 2005 Frankfurt Auto Show, while the first incarnation of the project was presented two years later at the same Swiss event.
The second generation Cayenne was brought to life at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show and was launched straight from the beginning with the diesel and hybrid versions released during the first generation. The new model, still sharing parts with Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7, is the last Porsche SUV to be produced by the iconic sports car manufacturer as Volkswagen Group, the German conglomerate that incorporates all three units, decided to hand Porsche the development of all SUVs to be sold under the Group's brands.
Since we've already tried the first generation Cayenne, we also wanted to see what the guys over at Porsche implemented for the second contraption, so we took the Cayenne S for a testdrive. Continue reading to find out what's so special about the new Cayenne.Continue reading