The redesigned 2019 Porsche Cayenne luxury midsized SUV gets more powerful engines and the promise of an even more driver-focused chassis when it arrives in U.S. dealerships next spring. Porsche announced details on the revamped model this week in Germany as the international auto show season gets ready to kick off for the 2019 model year.

The base Cayenne will get a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine producing 340 hp, while the S trim will have a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 making 440 hp. Both engines come mated to an updated eight-speed automatic transmission and, as before, standard all-wheel drive. Other versions will be announced at a later date, including a plug-in hybrid expected next year.

Porsche says the Cayenne S will hit 60 mph in an impressive 4.9 seconds. The base model won’t be a slouch, either, sprinting to 60 in a claimed 5.9 seconds. That would make it considerably quicker than the base 2011 Cayenne we tested (with a 300-hp, 3.6-liter V6), which needed 7.8 seconds to complete that feat. 

Porsche claims that the new Cayenne drops more than 100 pounds versus the previous generation, even though it’s about 3 inches longer and 1.7 inches wider than the outgoing version.

A driver-adjustable damping suspension comes standard on the Cayenne S, and it is optional on the base model. Separately, a height-adjustable air suspension will also be available. The current Cayenne is one of the sportiest-driving SUVs but has suffered from an overly stiff ride—one of the car’s few deficiencies, in our view. We look forward to seeing if Porsche addressed this without diluting agility.

The styling of the aluminum-intensive body remains recognizable as Porsche’s luxury midsized SUV. As the 911 has demonstrated for decades, once Porsche develops a silhouette, they stick with it.

New 2019 Porsche Cayenne interior

An all-new cabin borrows design cues and technology from the redesigned Panamera. This includes Porsche’s latest infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen. The center console includes traditional controls as well as a glass-look touch surface. We praised the last Cayenne for its meticulously crafted interior but we panned its confusing controls; hopefully this new setup is more user-friendly.   

All 2019 Cayennes will come standard with automatic emergency braking, previously an option. Other available advanced safety features include blind-spot warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, night-vision assist, and a surround-view camera system.

Pricing for the new Cayenne starts at $65,700 before destination charges, which is several thousand dollars more than the outgoing model. But the new model includes more standard features, including standard active safety features, 19-inch wheels, the Porsche Connect Plus infotainment and connectivity, and LED headlights.

We’ll be buying a new Cayenne to put it through our testing regimen as soon as they hit dealers next year.

New 2019 Porsche Cayenne rear