The third-generation Porsche Cayenne makes landfall in Malaysia today as part of an official preview, just five months after the SUV made its global debut in August last year.

Customers will get two variants to choose from, beginning with the base Cayenne that comes with a 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 engine. The mill makes 335 hp (340 PS) at 5,300 to 6,400 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 1,340 to 5,300 rpm. Moving up to range, you’ll arrive at the Cayenne S with a 2.9 litre twin-turbo V6 rated at 434 hp (440 PS) at 5,700 to 6,600 rpm and 550 Nm at 1,800 to 5,500 rpm.

All variants have their engines paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission as well as an active all-wheel drive system. For those who are concerned with stopwatches, the base variant will complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.2 seconds while the Cayenne S does the same in 5.2 seconds. With the optional Sport Chrono Package, those times are reduced by 0.3 seconds. The Cayenne S will hit a top speed of 265 km/h, while the base Cayenne will do 245 km/h.

Although there is an increase in power from before (up to 40 hp more), the SUV is made lighter (up to 65 kg) thanks to the use of aluminium for the car’s entire body. Elsewhere, several chassis components, including the floorpan assembly and front section are made of lightweight alloys. The E3 Cayenne is built upon the VW Group’s MLB Evo platform, which also underpins the Audi Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga.

To make sure the performance SUV is even more graceful in the corners, it is fitted with Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension, rear-axle steering and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) electronic roll stabilisation and optional Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB).

Design-wise, the Cayenne retains its familiar shape, although it is slightly longer, wider and shorter than before (wheelbase is unchanged). The SUV integrates cues from the latest Panamera, most noticeably in the layout of the rear taillights. The front fascia also features LED headlights and a new, wider lower intake.

On the inside, the cabin shares much in common with the Panamera, including the design of the dashboard, centre stack and centre console. The last two areas play host to an 12.3-inch full-HD touchscreen for the latest Porsche Communication Management infotainment system, as well as touch-sensitive controls.

For the driver, the instrument cluster features an analogue tachometer that is flanked by two seven-inch displays. These can be configured to display a variety of information, which can be done via the buttons on the three-spoke steering wheel.

Order books for the new Cayenne are now open, with deliveries set to take place in Q3 or Q4 later this year. If you’re tempted, you can register your interest at any of the three Porsche Centres in Malaysia – Glenmarie, Sungai Besi and Penang.

E3 Porsche Cayenne preview official photos