Porsche's high-tech SUV is getting a fresh look and some new features -- here's a closer look

Porsche Cayenne S 2019PorscheThe 2019 Porsche Cayenne S.

On Tuesday, Porsche launched the all-new 2019 Cayenne SUV at a ceremony in the company’s home town of Stuttgart, Germany.

“We have completely redeveloped our successful model. It has been visibly and tangibly improved and perfected in all respects,” Porsche chairman Oliver Blume said in a statement. “The Cayenne has also been digitalized and networked throughout to give it a forward-thinking design.”

Porsche not only massaged the driving dynamics of an already sporty SUV, it bolstered the Cayenne’s tech features to bring it in line with a new generation of competitors.

The third generation Cayenne is expected to arrive in US showrooms in mid-2018.

Here’s a closer look at the 2019 Porsche Cayenne and its many features.

Immediately, it's clear that the new Cayenne looks quite a lot like the old Cayenne.

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According to Porsche designer Michael Mauer, this was done on purpose. 'Our primary objective was to accentuate the character of the vehicle. More Porsche, more Cayenne. The new Cayenne is more precise, elegant, athletic and expressive,' he said in a statement.

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Porsche will launch its new SUV in two trim levels -- the Cayenne and...

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.... The Cayenne S. Expect a host of Turbo, GTS, and S hybrid models to follow.

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The Cayenne will be powered by a 340 horsepower, 3.0 litre, turbocharged V6.

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While the S gets a more powerful 440 horsepower 2.9 litre, twin-turbo V6. Both variants get a new eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.

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According to Porsche, the Cayenne hits 100km/h in just 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 244km/h. The S sprints to 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 263km/h.

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Structurally, the aluminium-intensive Cayenne is 64kg lighter while its new rear-axle-steering system is designed to offer greater agility at low speeds while delivering better stability at high speeds.

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All Cayennes get an active Porsche Traction Management all-wheel-drive system. It features off-road driving modes: mud, sand, gravel, and rocks.

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Inside, the new Cayenne delivers on Blume's promise of digitalized SUV.

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Starting with a massive 12.3-inch high definition touchscreen running the latest version of the company's Porsche Communication Management infotainment system. In addition, the driver's analogue tachometer is flanked by a pair of seven-inch digital displays.

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The new Cayenne PCM infotainment system, which debuted last year on the new Panamera sedan, features online navigation and real-time traffic data. The Cayenne equipped with 4G LTE connectivity.

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In addition, Porsche replaced most of the buttons on the center stack with touch sensitive panels. Owners can also choose from their choice of premium sound systems from Bose and Burmester.

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And then there's the driver assistance tech. There are a lot of them. They include night vision with a thermal imaging camera, lane change assist, lane keep assist with traffic sign recognition, and traffic assist.

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Also, let's not forget about the park assist feature with surround view cameras and finally, Porsche InnoDrive system with adaptive cruise control.

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The Cayenne also delivers bountiful passenger room. After all, this will likely be a family hauler. The large panoramic roof fills the cabin with sunlight.

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With the rear seats up, the Cayenne's cargo capacity is up 15% to 27.19 cubic feet.

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Fold down the rear seats and it's positively cavernous.

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The 2019 Porsche Cayenne starts at $US65,700 in the US while the Cayenne S starts at $US82,900 in the US.

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