2017 Porsche Cayenne Goes Platinum
Porsche has been updating and expanding their product line-up in recent years. From the introduction of the Macan a couple years back to the recently announced 718 Boxster and Cayman. One vehicle missing from these recent updates is the highly profitable Porsche Cayenne. To remedy this and keep things fresh over the entire product line they will be offering the exclusive Platinum Edition for the 2017 Cayenne and Cayenne S E-Hybrid models.
According to Porsche they “use(s) the Platinum Edition designation for selected configurations that are offered for a limited time”. As such, the Platinum edition is for those who care less about power upgrades and more about how flashy their Cayenne looks to the other soccer moms. After all, what’s the point in owning a Cayenne if you don’t want to screen “I have money!”?
The design cues start on the outside where only the black and white paint is standard while several optional colors are available. The wheel arches have been enlarged to house the 20-inch RS Spyder design wheels. The exterior design is finished off with a high gloss trim. While Porsche says the Platinum Edition has a “distinctive sporty appearance” attaching that styling to an E-Hybrid SUV leaves me a little confused. Inside, the eight-way adjustable sport seats are covered in leather with Alcantara inserts topped off with a large Porsche crest in the headrest. To make sure the owner knows they don’t just have any old Cayenne, “Platinum Edition” illuminated lettering is built into the stainless steel door sills.
Most of the Platinum Edition features are normally found as options on the lesser models. This includes Bi-Xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Power Steering Plus, and front and rear Park Assist. Additional standard features are the dark-tinted privacy glass for passengers and automatic anti-glare rear-view and side mirrors. The latest Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is included with navigation, Connect Plus module and BOSE surround sound system. Lastly, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid includes axillary cabin conditioning which will heat or cool the cabin on command before entering the vehicle.
Overall, the limited time Cayenne and Cayenne S E-Hybrid Platinum Edition is nothing more than a special package combining a lot of single options with slightly different styling cues. There is not telling how much this Platinum Edition will cost a Cayenne buyer, but Porsche claims it “offers a high level of content at an attractive price”. Like Porsche buyers care that much about how “attractive” the price may be. Either way, if you are in the market for a Cayenne or Cayenne S E-Hybrid and want to stand out, the Platinum Edition will be available later this year.
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