The Porsche Cayenne Coupe will go on sale in autumn, Porsche’s UK boss has confirmed to Autocar.
The coupé version of the Cayenne SUV will be revealed later this month.
Talking about the car, Marcus Eckermann said: “Cayenne Coupe is a very important car for us. It’s a very good looking car. In the UK, I don’t think it will make up as much as half of the overall Cayenne line-up mix, but it will be a good share of it.”
Prototype versions of the car have been spotted wearing minimal camouflage during winter testing, after having previously been seen at the Nurburgring showing off a new active rectracting spoiler.
The Cayenne coupé is targeted as a rival for the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé, broadening the scope of the Cayenne line-up. It is expected to share the vast majority of its underlying chassis with its traditional SUV sibling.
The spy pictures show that the new Porsche model receives the same front-end styling as the third-generation Cayenne, albeit with a unique front bumper design. In a move mirroring that of its key rivals, it adopts a newly styled liftback-style tailgate, altered rear side windows and a new tail-light design that is aimed at providing the Cayenne coupé with a more sporting profile.
The retractable rear spoiler, which had previously only been seen in its lowered position, appears to raise and lower as a single piece, rather than use the split wing design seen in the second-generation Panamera.
Engineering sources close to the German car maker had previously told Autocar that UK sales for the more sleek Cayenne derivative are set to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019. Its arrival was confirmed by Porsche boss Oliver Blume, who revealed that he’d granted a production green light to the coupé in June.
Previous spy pictures had shown a development model being tested on public roads in Germany. Camouflaging over the rear lights hide their design, but Autocar’s rendering (below) offers insight into what to expect when the model is revealed.
Blume first hinted at the Cayenne hybrid in an interview with Autocar last year. The five-door Cayenne coupé will be based heavily on its more practical Cayenne sibling, alongside which it will be assembled at Porsche’s factory in Leipzig, Germany.
Porsche intends to position the Cayenne coupé as a performance model, with both a 440bhp version of its twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 and a 550bhp version of its twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engines set to be offered from launch.