This is the facelifted Porsche Cayenne, which is now on sale ahead of its arrival in UK showrooms on October 11. Starting from £49,902 and rising to at least £93,763, updates for the five-seat luxury SUV include revised styling, an improved engine line-up and a more comprehensive kit list.
Five variants will be available from launch: the familiar Diesel, S, S Diesel and Turbo models all return, and are joined by the all-new S E-Hybrid plug-in – the first time such a powertrain has featured in a premium 4x4. A new Cayenne GTS and flagship Turbo S will both join the range shortly after launch.
The latest version of Porsche’s second-generation Cayenne hasn’t been given a thorough styling overhaul, although it does benefit from a sharper overall look, particularly up front. The much larger grille is more clearly defined, and is joined by a reshaped bonnet and sculpted wheel arches. Also new are the airblades on the either side of the nose, which are intended to channel air into the two side intakes.
Moving further back, Porsche has clearly tweaked the flanks slightly, but the Cayenne’s rear gets a more noticeable redesign. The number plate indent, boot catch and two-part taillights have all been smoothed out, resulting in better integration and a cleaner appearance. Inside the lights themselves there’s also a reconfigured layout, plus the new-look quad exhausts are further incorporated within the lower bumper.
Interior images have not yet been released, however the new standard-fit multi-function sports steering wheel and paddle shift set-up apparently echoes that of the 918 Spyder, whilst rear seat comfort is set to improve, too.
On top of these surface changes, the Stuttgart-based manufacturer has set about giving the Cayenne’s engines similar revamp, so that the entire line-up boasts increased performance and fuel efficiency.
The biggest change is the S E-Hybrid addition (priced from £61,474, exactly matching that of the S Diesel), where a 94bhp electric motor is paired to the 329bhp 3.0-litre supercharged V6. Together the petrol-electric system can manage a combined total output of 410bhp and 590Nm of torque.
In this guise the Cayenne will therefore hit 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds on its way to a 151mph top speed, and can apparently travel 83mpg, emitting no more than 79g/km of CO2 on the way.
Unlike the outgoing S Hybrid, the S E-Hybrid’s 10.9kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged via a plug or by the petrol engine during travel, and it can travel up to 22 miles in electric-only mode, topping out at 77mph.
Also impressive is the Cayenne S’ (£60,218) new 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine, fully developed by Porsche to replace the current 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8. An improvement of over 2mpg of this unit sees economy hit up to 29.7mpg alongside emissions of as little as 223g/km CO2. Despite these cuts, power is up nearly 20bhp to 414bhp, and there’s an additional 50Nm of torque, taking the S up to 550Nm. At 5.5 seconds, 0-62mph is now 0.4 seconds quicker, and the 161mph limit is fractionally up as well.
The Turbo model (£93,763), meanwhile, gets 513bhp and 750Nm from its 4.8-litre twin-turbo V8, 0-62mph taking no more than 4.5 seconds flat out. This is paired to as much as 25.2mpg, 261g/km C02 and a potential 173mph maximum.
For the Cayenne Diesel (£49,902) there’s a smaller 258bhp 3.0-litre V6 that’ll do 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds and hit 137mph. EU6 emissions standard compliant, NEDC economy is officially set at 42.8 and emissions 173g/km CO2. The more-powerful S Diesel (£61,474) can’t match this unit for efficiency with its 380bhp 4.2-litre V8 – 35.3mpg is paired to 209g/km – but unsurprisingly it is quicker off the line, hitting 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds en route to 156mph.
Alongside the new steering set-up, standard kit across the range extends to Porsche’s Traction Management all-wheel drive, plus bi-xenon headlights with four point LED daytime running lights, front and rear ParkAssist tech, cruise control, and automatic climate control. There’s an automatic open and close function for the boot, too, and an advanced ‘Auto Stop/Start Plus’ coasting system.
Opting for the current range-topping Turbo spec Cayenne adds to this with LED headlights that feature the brand’s Dynamic Lighting System, and Porsche will throw in 19-inch alloys, Active Suspension Management including self-levelling air suspension, and sat nav.
If these modifications don’t appear radical enough, it’s worth bearing in mind an all-new, third-generation Porsche Cayenne is still on course to arrive in 2017. This will sit on the same platform as Bentley’s forthcoming and as-yet-unnamed SUV and the new Audi Q7 that’s due out later this year.