2018 Porsche Cayenne spy shots and video

The current Porsche Cayenne is approaching the end of its life cycle, as a successor now been spotted on multiple occasions testing in prototype form. The new SUV’s exterior is disguised but we can already make out the general shape of the third-generation model, which appears to have a sleeker look dominated by a longer, flatter roof.

The new Cayenne is due out in 2017, as a 2018 model, and when it arrives it should offer improved dynamics, fuel efficiency and performance thanks to the SUV version of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform. The platform made its debut in the 2017 Audi Q7 and has since appeared in the 2017 Bentley Bentayga and 2018 Audi Q5. It will also appear in the next VW Touareg as well as Lamborghini’s Urus SUV.

The benefits of the platform are lighter weight and improved rigidity, brought about by a combination of high-strength steel, aluminum and even some carbon fiber in the mix. We’re expecting the new Cayenne to weigh as much as 220 pounds less than the current model, which in base trim still weighs in at almost 4,500 lb.