2016 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Spy Shots, Specs and Price

Porsche is currently planning to extends its Cayenne lineup by adding the 2016 Cayenne Coupe. It is believed that the upcoming Cayenne coupe will be a serious rival to the BMW X6 in the growing upmarket crossovers that combine SUV and coupe characteristics.

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2015 is set to bring a revised Cayenne to keep things fresh until 2018, when the next-gen model is scheduled to arrive, but a report coming from Auto Express says a new family member will hit the streets as soon as the facelifted model kicks in. We’re talking about the Cayenne Coupe , Porsche’s answer to the BMW X6 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz MLC .

Stuttgart’s plan to come up with a coupe-like SUV isn’t new to us. A previous report introduced the Cayenne Coupe to the rumormill and forwarded a 2017 launch. On the flip side, the new report talks about a 2015 introduction, which would make more sense considering BMW just rolled out the second-gen X6 and that the Mercedes-Benz MLC will make its debut later this year. That being said, it appears Porsche wants to launch the coupe alongside the facelifted Cayenne.

It may sound like a rushed decision, but turning the Cayenne Coupe from a mere sketch to a production car shouldn’t be a major issue with Porsche, as the sporty SUV will look identical to its full-size kin, except for its sloping roof. Once the new roof is ready to take its place atop the Cayenne Coupe, Porsche will only have to focus the vehicle’s returned suspension and steering.

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Exterior

The coupe’s styling will be an evolution of that seen on today’s second-generation Cayenne, a face-lift for which is imminent before the third-generation model arrives. The Cayenne coupe is expected to adopt an edgier look with tauter surfacing and overall styling inspired by the 918 Spyder supercar. A sleeker roofline and sloping rear will help to differentiate it from the regular Cayenne SUV.

Interior

Inside its cabin, all 2016 Cayennes will come with Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch transmission, except the Cayenne S E-Hybrid and Cayenne Diesel, which will make do with an eight-speed auto. There will also be some tech updates—expect the full range to adopt a new multifunction steering wheel and safety features such as adaptive cruise control system with automatic braking, and camera-based traffic sign detection and lane departure warning systems.

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Powertrain

The biggest change won’t be the styling, however (this is Porsche we’re talking about). As we saw with the 2014 Panamera update, the 2016 Cayenne S will likely see its naturally aspirated V-8 engine replaced by a new twin-turbocharged V-6 featuring a 3.0-liter displacement and 420-horsepower output. A new 2016 Cayenne S E-Hybrid model should also be launched, most likely as a replacement for the current Cayenne S Hybrid. This model will feature the same plug-in hybrid powertrain introduced on the 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid, whose gasoline V-6 and electric motor combo provides a combined 416 horsepower of motive force, electric driving range of approximately 22 miles, and claimed fuel economy of up to 75 mpg.

Although it’s yet to be confirmed, it’s also possible the current Cayenne Diesel’s 240-horsepower V-6 will be replaced by a stouter 300-horsepower unit which has already been added to the Panamera Diesel sold overseas. And finally, further down the track, updated versions of the Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S should be launched, with the latter likely matching the 570 horsepower of the latest Panamera Turbo S.

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Release Date and Price

Even though it’s still unofficial, the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is likely to arrive to the dealership’s showroom sometime in 2015. The new coupe lineup is expected to be tagged with a price of $65,000. More information should be available as the development progresses, so stay tuned!

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