The new model differs from the previous model most noticeably in the front and rear. In the front, the “bonnet,” as those saucy Europeans like to call the hood, is more sculpted while still lower than the wings. The front bumper is more square. The froggy headlights, a la 911, of course, remain. The rear shows off a horizontal light band, that makes me excited to drive behind one of these babes. Porsche says the band helps distribute the large volume of its SUV in a flattering sporty way.
Inside Porsche is shooting for a ‘balance between digital and classical’ which it says equals luxury. The cabin works it with a completely new dash interface that is a huge 12.3-inch full-HD touchscreen. Standard voice control features include real-time navigation. The cockpit consists of a classic central tachometer and two full-HD digital 7-inch screens.
New first-time-ever handling features are mixed tires and rear-axle steering. The full safety suite of goodies includes Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging, Lane Change Assist, Lane Keeping Assist with traffic sign recognition, traffic jam assist, Park Assist with Surround View, and adaptive cruise control.
The model is expected to make its public debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show
next month. Details regarding pricing and sales dates are still TBD.