Porsche will use elements from the latest 911 in the revised Cayenne SUV.
The current third-generation Porsche Cayenne is due for a mid-life refresh and we’ve caught it testing once again in normal SUV form and as a coupe-SUV, but this time it’s in a sportier specification.
The level of camouflage on both cars is now minimal, suggesting a full reveal could take place before the end of the year. Both body styles feature the same front end, with larger, reshaped headlights incorporating Porsche’s quad-LED running light signature, along with a slightly reprofiled front grille featuring thinner single strip indicators. The bonnet has been tweaked, too, with a pair of narrower strakes along its length, and the lower front bumper appears to have gained a set of even bigger air intakes under the headlights.
At the rear, the Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe will receive redesigned LED tail-lights and a new diffuser, with the standard SUV repositioning the number plate below the tailgate. The only other obvious change is a tweaked lip spoiler for the coupe model.
We’ve previously spotted the facelifted Porsche Cayenne testing in range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid trim, given away by the enormous 10-piston brake callipers painted in Acid Green. Then came what looked like the lower-spec S models and now these pre-production cars seem to be the non-hybridised Turbo models, given away by the quad exhaust setup. These latest images show an older design of wheel but previous cars have sported a new multi-spoke alloy wheel design that will arrive as part of the facelift.
However, there are more notable changes inside. Photographs of the interior reveal a revised centre console, which has been simplified with a single row of toggle switches and a large volume dial. A pair of USB Type-C sockets can be seen below these controls, too.
In previous test cars we’ve seen the large, pistol-like gear selector of the current car has been swapped for the short, stubby item found in the latest 911. The steering wheel will also be borrowed from Porsche’s sports car.
As with the current model, the facelifted Cayenne will utilise Porsche’s PCM 6.0 infotainment setup, which is controlled through a 12.3-inch touchscreen. The system features connected intelligent satellite navigation, ‘natural’ voice control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Under the skin, the facelifted Cayenne will utilise the same MLB platform as the outgoing car, albeit with a few tweaks. Porsche’s engineers are likely to retune the suspension settings to improve ride and handling, and the existing engines could be updated to provide improved performance and efficiency.
As the most powerful SUV in Porsche’s line-up, the facelifted Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid will use a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine combined with an electric motor, but the revised car is likely to borrow the upgraded version of this powertrain as fitted to the latest Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
We expect the Cayenne to be revealed early next year, alongside a revised Cayenne Coupe.