With the recent arrival of Porsche's new compact SUV, the Macan, Cayenne lovers have probably been wondering what is to become of the car maker's first sport utility. They can now rest assured! At the Paris Motor Show in October, Porsche will be unveiling an upgraded Cayenne.
Appearance-wise, the facelift should be minor. The first photos of the camouflaged vehicles show that Porsche has revised the side-view mirror covers, redesigned the bumpers and added new headlamps to what remains its highest-selling model. Changes to the rear end also seem to be minor: a redesigned bumper, offset reflectors and slightly retooled tail lights.
Under the hood, however, the changes are more noticeable. According to rumours, drivers were looking for improvements in both performance and fuel consumption.
These sources say that the naturally aspirated V6 and V8 will be replaced by two turbo V6 engines: a 340-horsepower 3.0 and a 400-hp 3.6, using engine blocks borrowed from the Macan. Only the V8 in the GTS version will be retained. On the higher end, the V8s in the Turbo and Turbo S versions will see their power increase to 520 and 570 hp, respectively. A plug-in hybrid model with a 333-hp 3.0-litre turbo V6 and a 95-hp electric motor will round out the petrol range. The diesel range will include a 3.0-litre V6 that should generate at least 270 hp as well as the 4.1-litre V8, which should be retained in its current configuration.
So, does the new Cayenne still make you dream?