The new Porsche Cayenne ditches practicality for a stylish roofline.
SUVs are still the darling of the automotive world at the moment, but something weird is happening to them. More and more luxury carmakers are ditching the tall boxiness of a traditional SUV silhouette and are instead adopting the gently sloping roofline of what would traditionally be called a fastback sedan.
The end result is a very tall sedan with an almost sporty outline. And what do all these carmakers call the new design? An SUV coupe-two things that it no longer has anything to do with.
Such is the case with the upcoming Porsche Cayenne SUV coupe. Developed to combat the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe, this new Cayenne will take all of the practicality it used to have as an SUV and trade it all in for a shorter roof.
So far, it doesn’t look like Porsche had to do too much to get their SUV coupe down to size. The front half the prototype seen here looks almost exactly like a Porsche Cayenne Turbo. There are some slight differences in the grille, where the side vents beneath the headlights have shrunk a bit to make room for a pair of new daytime running light.
Also from the Turbo Cayenne are some larger yellow brake calipers mated to some larger disks. At least the new Cayenne will be able to stop relatively well.
Things start to change as we proceed from the middle to the backside. And by change, we mean slowly recede from the maximum height at the driver’s seat to a much lower roofline by the time we reach the rear bumper.
There’s also a larger rear wing thanks to the opened-up space, as well as a redesigned liftback hatch where the license plate has migrated below to the bumper. We also see a vinyl coating on the tail lights, but we expect a tail-spanning red strip in keeping with other modern Porsches.
The Porsche SUV Coupe is rumored to hit streets in the latter half of 2019. In the meantime, we can only wait in wonder and contemplate what exactly happened to make SUV’s hairlines shrink so.