When the first Porsche Cayenne models arrived on US shores as 2002 models, brand loyalists worried that an SUV bearing a sports car badge spelled doom for their beloved marque. Cayenne turned out to be a hit, and continued to be popular through its second generation of production (2011 – 2018). The 2019 Porsche Cayenne marks the start of a third generation. Now backed up in the lineup by Macan, a compact SUV which outsells it, Cayenne moves to a new platform with a new engine, exterior, interior and technology package. While it is still the mid-size two-row crossover SUV we’ve come to know, it is now an altogether sharper, sportier, and more capable vehicle than ever before. And that’s saying something.
My test vehicle was a base 2019 Cayenne with a base price of $65,700. It arrived with a with Biscay Blue Metallic paint ($800), a black leather interior ($3,750), a trailer hitch ($660), 19-inch Cayenne S wheels ($600), Sport Chrono Package ($1,130), Premium Package ($6,610, including Bose Surround Sound System, ambient lighting, comfort access, 14-way power seats with memory, auto-dimming interior mirror, panoramic roof system, Power Steering Plus, LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System, Lane Change Assist and Seat Heating), and a $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee for an as-tested price of $80,300. Cayenne comes with Porsche’s four-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty with 24/7 roadside assistance, along with a 12-year/unlimited-mile corrosion perforation limited warranty.
Cayenne’s exterior changes are subtle but significant. The headlights have been tapered, and a power dome gives more emphasis to the hood. The grille openings are more formal and linear across the front fascia, and the body sides have a crisper line above the rocker panels. Around back, the taillights are joined horizontally across the tailgate. The whole vehicle looks sportier and less bulky than before. Nineteen-inch wheels are now standard, up from 18-inches. The wheelbase remains at 113.9 inches, but overall length is up 2.4 inches to 193.6 inches, while body width is 78.0 inches, down 0.7 inches. Curb weight is also reduced, now coming in at 4,377 lbs, down from 4,488 lbs in 2018.
One of the big contributors to weight reduction was a redesign of Cayenne’s front suspension, swapping to an aluminum front axle with a separated link design in place of the double-wishbone setup of the past. The new axle design made the old steel subframe unnecessary, as an aluminum auxiliary frame supports both the axle system and the engine. The new system is said to reduce wheel vibrations and powertrain influences while optimizing steering response, precision, and straight-line driving. The rear suspension is unchanged, with a steel multi-link with steel springs.
The most striking upgrade to Cayenne is its new interior. A landscape-oriented 12.3-inch touchscreen display dominates the top of the center stack, with an intelligent array of buttons and knobs below. The new display is customizable into sections, so owners can choose to display navigation, infotainment, and vehicle settings simultaneously. Cayenne’s switchgear is particularly well-crafted, with gnurled metal surfaces on knobs and wheels, and great feedback on switches, buttons and the like. The rest of the interior offers tactile rewards as well, with high quality surfaces, materials and construction throughout. You can’t find a cheap-feeling edge or panel anywhere. Cayenne’s seats are broad and supportive, and the black leather interior on my test car was supple and rich.
Second-row passengers won’t be disappointed either, with ample leg and head room, and easy sightlines out of the windows. The big panoramic roof on my test vehicle could be unveiled to provide an open, airy feeling in the whole cabin, with a big sliding panel over the driver’s portion for great ventilation. Cargo space behind the second row is a generous 27.2 cubic feet, with a modicum of under-floor space for concealed storage next to the temporary spare and tire-changing kit. Fold down the second row, and 60.3 cubic feet of cargo space opens up. Cayenne’s interior finish is so sumptuous that you won’t want to load garden supplies within – stick to bespoke luggage and estate-sale side tables.
I’ve made a conscious effort to delay any talk of the powertrain up until now, because I know that anyone who is seriously considering a Cayenne will be distracted with the news that a new engine lurks. The base Cayenne is now turbocharged. A turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with direct gasoline injection brings 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque to the party, up from the outgoing naturally aspirated (non-turbo) 3.6-liter V6’s 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque in the base 2018 model. That’s a big increase, and coupled with a 120-lb weight reduction, Cayenne is faster and more eager to romp than before. Porsche claims 0-60 mph times of 5.9 seconds (5.6 seconds with available Launch Control), and a top speed of 152 mph. The base Cayenne of 2018 took 7.3 seconds to go from a standstill to 60 mph. An eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission is standard, along with all-wheel drive.
I took every opportunity to drive the Cayenne in varied situations during my week-long test drive. I’m an SUV enthusiast, and I’ve always liked Cayenne’s solid road feel, but the new engine takes the base model to a new level. It has bottomless reserves of power, and does a great job of motivating the Cayenne around. The suspension is a nice upgrade, too, managing Cayenne’s weight elegantly. Aggressive cornering doesn’t come with body roll. You can carve an elegant arc on a freeway onramp with ease, and when it’s time to overtake a slower-moving vehicle, a light squeeze of the throttle rockets the Cayenne forward. The luxurious interior is tailored and crisp, and made me feel important behind the wheel. What more can you ask for in a performance luxury SUV?
The landscape of mid-size luxury SUVs is crowded with great options this year. The BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Lexus RX, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Infiniti QX 50, Acura MDX, Cadillac XT5, Lincoln Corsair, Volvo XC90 and others offer alternate takes on the formula. If the base Cayenne is intriguing but you want more Porsche in your SUV, there’s always the Cayenne S (starting at $82,900 with 434 hp), the Cayenne E-Hybrid (starting at $79,900 with 455 hp), and the Cayenne Turbo (starting at $124,600 with 541 hp).
All in all, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne represents an excellent start to the third generation of Porsche performance SUV legacy.
CAREER ADVICE: 3 Ways To Succeed In Tech.
So much has been written about the lack of diversity in tech but it’s less often that we get access to the candid career advice of those black professionals who have successfully navigated the corporate ladder in the industry.
Dell Technologies’ Najuma Atkinson, the only black woman senior vice president at the tech giant, recently shared some of those insider tips with students of color from HBCUs and minority-serving institutions during a panel on building the tech pipeline at the Dell BE Smart Student Symposium.
Afterward, she sat down with Black Enterprise for an exclusive interview about her 20 years at Dell, her career advice, and the responsibilities that come with her position. “I’m the only but I can’t be the last,” Atkinson, the senior vice president for customer advocacy, insights & analytics, says.
“I have a unique seat at the table now that I didn’t have. And so when we’re talking about roles or new projects that come up, and we look at the slate of candidates, if I don’t see diverse people even being considered, then I ask. It’s my responsibility. Someone did that for me. They found something in me that was important, and they wanted to invest in this. I have to invest in others.”
Part of Atkinson investing is others is making herself available to professionals of color on the come-up and sharing her experiences and her learnings. Here’s her career advice for young professionals who want to succeed in tech:
BE OPEN TO EVERYTHING
“I think, because we invest a lot in ourselves, particularly students from underrepresented populations, we feel a tremendous pressure to do things to achieve. But the learning comes in the learning. The university says you don’t have to declare your major in the first year; you want to go and do a bunch of different things. Because it is those skills that you’re building that prepare you for the senior roles. And you want to take things that make you uncomfortable, that are not in your area of expertise. You want to do things where you are learning, so you constantly want to challenge yourself.”
“In technology, you become irrelevant very quickly. Technology changes very fast. And so your adaptability and capability to do so is critical to your success. You may have spent six months on a project and we’ve decided that that’s not important. Don’t get your feelings hurt. The importance is that you can pivot to say “what’s next?’ and ‘let me figure out where the value is to the organization.’ Know that you want to be constantly changing and be flexible, and understanding what is the value. And then what does the company need from me? Why is it that they have invested in me and how can I make a difference?”
“There were times when I got some really direct feedback about being aggressive, about being direct, about being very passionate. And I would internalize that. So I found myself trying to adjust. There was probably a period of five years of my career when I was in middle management when I was adjusting, and it was awkward, and you could tell. And I don’t think that I was very effective all the time. And then there became a point in time when I was like this is who I am. If you say to me, this is an environment where I can bring my whole self to work and you’re going to embrace it, this is what it means in my thought, my perspective, how I present myself, and what you accept from me. So then it became a conscious ‘I’m going to embrace me, and I’m going to show you why people like me can be successful.'”
Aftown Music Launches New App Interface.
Ghana’s premier music streaming platform just marked its third year in the business of bringing seamless audio and visual content to its subscribers through its streaming app available for android and IOS.
In just three years, the Ghanaian based music service has succeeded in being a major part of music consumption culture in Africa, with content from major African artists across the globe; from Angelique Kijo, to Hugh Masekela, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Sarkodie & Stonebwoy; aftown music has become go-to for African inspired content.
After three years of constant improvements they’ve unveiled an upgrade to their app – aftownmusic V 2.0, which is now available on IOS and android. The revamped app comes with offline streaming modes, a new interface, more artistes interactions and 24/7 radio feature amongst other exciting features set to roll out between now and January 2020.
The launch was done during the maiden aftown music concert; and starred the likes of Kelvynboy, Tneeya, Reynolds, A.I, Ko-jo Cue, Kobla Jnr, as well as new music sensations like Yung Pabi, Rojayjay & Phrame.
The well-attended concert marked the climax of the aftown music week celebrations. Go ahead an upgrade your aftownmusic app to enjoy a better music streaming experience.
iTRASH Technology To Embark On Segregation Educational Tour.
iTrash technology Limited, operators of Your Trashman partners with Filthbusters Ghana on it's first Waste segregation educational tour to secondary schools and other communities in the Capital Accra.
Your Trashman is Africa’s first Trash – Tech mobile eco-system inclusive technology waste management company, with unique model designed to use the technological advancement of the century to revolutionize the entire waste management industry in Africa and beyond making us the future of waste management.
Filth Busters Ghana herein referred to as FBG, A third sector organization which is operational with focus on the environment and sanitation to create enabling platforms that will help cultivate in the citizenry, especially the youth, the culture and attitude of keeping the environment clean and tidy.
Filth Busters Ghana has over the years carried out several sanitation programs aimed at educating the general public on sanitation related issues, sanitation and environmental education programme in a number of Senior High Schools to create awareness, programs for students among others. Hence the partnership for this project.
The waste segregation tour is set to start in November and end in December 2019 which is the phase one of the project .
The aim of the waste segregation educational tour is to educate the general public on the process of separating waste into different elements, and dividing waste into dry and wet.
If waste is not separated properly, it all gets mixed up in landfills. Waste segregation basically means keeping wet and dry wastes separately so that dry can be recycled and wet waste can be composted.
Your Trashman will Match Make anyone, anywhere with the mobile trash application to get the most convenient waste disposal ever to end the unmanaged garbage problems across Africa’s Cities, as well as empowering ordinary people to become “Trashpreneurs”. This of course will help in creating more sustainable jobs, increasing enterprises and strengthening local economies.
Motorola Releases Fold-able Smartphone – Razr.
We all remember the classic Motorola Razr V3 clamshell phone from the early days of the millennium. Now, in the age of foldable screens, Motorola reinvented the device and introduced the all-new Motorola Razr with a 6.2” foldable panel on the inside.
The Razr runs on the mid-range Snapdragon 710, coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage. There are only two cameras on the phone - one on the outside of the flip part and another on the inside, tucked inside a notch (yes, really).
The main shooter is 16 MP f/1.7 with EIS, Dual Pixel AF, and Laser AF. It is coupled with dual-LED flash. The selfie shooter is 5 MP f/2.0 with no flash, but the screen can be used to light up your face in the dark.
The biggest talking point of this device is the foldable panel. It is pOLED with a 21:9 ratio and has the marketing name Cinemavision and a resolution of 2142 x 876 pixels. There is another Quick View screen on the outside of the device with a 2.7” OLED panel and a resolution of 600 x 800 pixels.
The good thing about the secondary display is you it lets you use the phone without unfolding it for almost all important features like calls, taking selfies, turning some basic settings off/on and talking to the Google Assistant.
Motorola equipped the Razr with a 2,510 mAh battery that should top up in no time with the 15W TurboPower charging. The OS is Android Pie and it comes with all the Google services you need.
Offered in one color - Noir Black - the Razr is expected to cost $1,500. Motorola is yet to officially confirm the price and announce an actual launch date.
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