Cayenne 2003-2014 Diesel Platinum Edition Review
Porsche Cayenne is a sophisticated SUV model from the German auto major, which is doing quite well in India. Now, the company has introduced another variant in its series that is christened as Porsche Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition . Powering this trim is the same 3.0-litre diesel mill, which is currently performing for the existing base trim. It is capable of producing a maximum power of 240bhp along with a peak torque output of 550Nm. This latest trim is bestowed with a slew of additional features and specially designed cosmetics, which emphasizes its exclusiveness. This vehicle comes with an extensive Platinum Silver Metallic inserts, especially on side air intake grille, rear spoiler lip, side window trim and lower tailgate trim. The car maker is also offering Carrara White Metallic exterior paint finish exclusively for this variant. Beside this, it is also available with additional color options like Jet Black, Mahogany, Meteor Grey, Black and White. On the other hand, this variant comes with is also introduced with additional features including power steering plus, Porsche communication management system with navigation module and sporty design power steering with paddle shifters and a set of Cayenne Design II alloy wheels. This vehicle will now lock horns with the likes of Audi Q7, Mercedes Benz GL class and BMW X5 in the luxury SUV segment.
This latest trim comes with a unique style owing to its exclusively crafted cosmetics. Its exteriors aspects like radiator grill bars, rear spoiler, and lower boot-lid trim gets Platinum Silver metallic inserts, which gives it a distinct look. Its rear profile looks very stylish as it has a concave structure, which is further equipped with elegant cosmetics. The rear spoiler has a trendy design that houses third brake light and is done up in dual tone color scheme. The tailgate has an expressive design that houses a license plate console and is decorated with 'PORSCHE' lettering. It is surrounded by a large taillight cluster is powered by LED brake lights, turn indicators and courtesy lamps. The rear bumper has a dual tone look as it is fitted with a black protection cladding, which is further equipped with two chrome exhaust pipes. The side profile looks quite elegant where its wheel arches are now equipped with a set of 19-inch Cayenne Design II alloy wheels. These rims are further covered with a set of radial tubeless tyres, which provides excellent grip on roads. Its B and C pillars have glossy black treatment wile its window sills gets a exclusive metallic inserts. It also has trendy aspects like body colored door handles and ORVMs with integrated turn indicators.
The Internal cabin of this Porsche Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition is elegantly done up with a two tone color scheme. Its insides are also embellished with Platinum Silver Metallic inserts, which can be seen on the dashboard, central console, gear shift lever, and on door panels. Furthermore, its dashboard is now equipped with a sports steering wheel, which houses several control switches along with gear-shift paddles as well. There is an extensive use of leather inside the cabin, especially for seats, dashboard and door panels, which emphasizes its luxurious appeal. On the other hand, its cockpit is fitted with comfortable individual seats that are integrated with head restraints. These seats are electrically adjustable wherein its driver's seat also has memory setting. While the second row has bench seat, which can be folded in 40:20:40 split ratio. There are several utility aspects like cup holders, center armrest, storage box, glove box cooling, accessory power sockets and inside rear view mirror.
Engine and Performance:
This special edition trim is powered by a 3.0-litre diesel engine that has latest common rail fuel injection system. This motor comprises of 6-cylinders, and 24-valves based on a DOHC valve configuration that displaces 2967cc . This motor is further incorporated with a turbocharger and Piezo controlled injectors. This motor can develop a maximum power of 240bhp that results in a commanding torque output of 550Nm between 2000 to 2250rpm. This power plant enables this mill to reach a top speed of 218 Kmph. At the same time, it propels the vehicle to break a 100 Kmph mark in just 7.8 seconds, which is remarkable.
Braking and Handling:
Its front wheels are equipped with 350mm discs, while the rear ones have been paired with 330mm disc brakes. These are further loaded with 4-piston monobloc aluminum fixed calipers. The car maker has also installed anti lock braking system, anti slip regulation, variable torque distribution and automatic brake differential, which reinforces its mechanism. On the other hand, it is also blessed with a Power Steering Plus system, which further improves the overall driving experience .
Comfort Features :
This Porsche Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition variant is blessed with an advanced audio system, which has 7-inch TFT touchscreen. This music system supports radio with twin tuner, single CD driver with MP3 audio playback and ten speakers. The automatic climate control unit comes with separate temperature adjustment for driver and front co-passenger. It also has automatic air re-circulation with quality sensor and pollen filter with activated charcoal canister. Its illuminated instrument cluster has a 4.8-inch high resolution TFT display, which houses gear shift indicator, service interval reminder, ambient temperature display and various warning notifications. Apart from these, it also has front and rear park assist, front seats with 8-way electric adjustment and two way adjustable head restraints as well.
This luxurious SUV is blessed with a lot of advanced protective aspects. It has an advanced engine immobilizer with two stage locking and alarm system, which also has ultrasonic interior surveillance function. It has eight airbags for utmost safety of the occupants with early deployment function of curtain airbags in case of any collision. This variant is equipped with 3-point automatic seat belts for all passengers along with pretensioner and force limiter as well. It also has driver and passenger seat belts reminder notification on its instrument panel. This vehicle has a rigid body structure with side impact protection beams that further enhances the safety of its occupants sitting inside in case of any crash.
1. Impressive exterior appearance with striking cosmetics.
2. Loaded with quite a lot of features.
1. Maintenance and spare parts are expensive.
2. Absence of sun roof.