Car manufacturers are on mission to provide a crossover for every occasion. The last theme seems to be to compromise the perfectly functional and beautiful vehicles to create four-door “coupe” versions of existing SUVs. We have BMW and the X6 to blame for it. I seem Porsche is the latest automaker to jump on the train, as these espionage plans show a high-riding Panamera with flared bows and plastic coating covering the bottom. A pre-production prototype supposed to be the next 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe was spied again, this time during cold weather testing in Europe.
The formula for making a coupe from a crossover is simple: keep everything from the B-column exactly as it is. Beyond Pillar B, the roof should flow down rather than staying flat, giving the vehicle a coupe or a sedan-shaped profile. It must always run high, giving the driver a ground clearance and a high seating position. While this vehicle just seems to be a Panamera raised, the final version of the production should retain a very similar overall profile but with a more complete lower bodywork and Cayenne trim.
Some have speculated that this can be a Porsche Mission E test mule and that the rolling height and plastic are supposed to cover the battery, but we disagree. Compared to the latest Porsche plug-in, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, the car in the spy photos lacks place for a take. The flared wings also more in line with an SUV than an electric sedan or coupe. It is believed that the engine and transmission options will be largely similar to those offered in the next generation 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo that has also been spied on tests over the past few months, including a six-cylinder turbocharged and eight-cylinder petrol and Diesel engines.
If it’s really the next Cayenne coupe, look for more photos in the coming months. We have recently seen spy shots of the new 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo, so it would not be a surprise to see the pair debut. The wagon is expected to make its debut some time this year, it is likely that the coupe version will not be revealed until 2018, with the first deliveries arriving later this year or even early-2019.
When it hit the showrooms, probably over the course of two years, the Cayenne coupe will take on the likes of the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and next Range Rover Sport Coupe.