Photo Gallery: 2019 Porsche Cayenne Spices Up L.A. Auto Show

CARS.COM — Porsche’s updated flagship SUV, the 2019 Cayenne, has made its North American debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Exterior updates are relatively minor: Cayenne and Cayenne S models receive a revised front end with larger air intakes, and the Cayenne Turbo gets a unique face to clue in bystanders regarding its performance capabilities. New head- and taillights make use of LEDs, and the body uses more aluminum in its construction for weight savings.

Inside, the multimedia system now features the same 12.3-inch screen first used in the new Panamera. Additionally, the center console’s physical buttons have been replaced by a glossy black panel with semi-capacitive “buttons.”

In terms of performance, these are still Porsches even if they include a “Rocks” driving mode — the Cayenne and Cayenne S are again powered by a V-6 engine, now featuring single and twin turbochargers, respectively. The Cayenne makes 340 horsepower and 332 pounds-feet of torque, 40 more horsepower and 37 more pounds-feet than its predecessor; the Cayenne S gets 20 extra horses and no change in torque figures, for a total of 440 hp and 406 pounds-feet.

The Cayenne Turbo’s twin-turbocharged V-8 now makes 550 hp and 567 pounds-feet of torque, up 30 hp and 14 pounds-feet over the outgoing Turbo. That’s good enough to propel the SUV from zero-to-60 mph in 3.7 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono package, according to Porsche. Bringing all forms of the big SUV to a halt might involve optional Porsche Surface Control Brakes — standard on the Turbo — that are coated in a layer of tungsten carbide to improve stopping performance and increase wear resistance.

Check out the gallery above, and stay tuned for more info as the Cayenne and Cayenne S hit dealerships sometime in the middle of 2018, while the Turbo arrives in the fall of 2018.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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