This is the new facelifted Porsche Cayenne, on sale now and arriving in showrooms on October 11 priced from £49,902.
Love it or hate it the Cayenne design is becoming a bit of an icon, the big SUV was almost the first of it’s kind to sell on road credentials primarily and therefore the shape has changed little.
This year’s Cayenne gains a wider grille, with new wheel arches, some new styling lines on the bonnet and new plastic inserts into the side of the grille, so nothing too major.
At the rear the changes are more noticeable, the whole design has been cleaned up with more definition for the rear lights and the new design quad exhausts sitting more comfortably in the bumper.
No shots of the interior yet, but paddle shift arrives from the 918 and Porsche say rear comfort has been improved.
At launch there will be five versions of the Cayenne, the Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Diesel, Cayenne Turbo and they will be joined by a plug in hybrid version given the mouthful of a moniker – the Cayenne S E-Hybrid.
Other than the hybrid the major revision is the arrival of a 3.6 litre V6 bi-turbo petrol motor in the £60,218 Cayenne S, replacing the old V8 and producing 420bhp while managing a relatively (remembering this is a 2-tonne SUV) impressive 29.7mpg.
As for the £61,474 hybrid Porsche say it will be the first plug in in the “premium” SUV market, a very niche claim.
Under the bonnet a 333 bhp supercharged V6 3.0 litre petrol will be joined by an electric motor adding another 95 bhp, together they will produce 410 bhp and 435 lb ft of torque.
The S E-Hybrid will be able to travel up to 22 miles on electric power alone at speeds up to 77 mph and sips fuel at an almost mind boggling 88mpg.
The most impressive figure though could be the 79g/km of CO2 the hybrid throws out, putting it well below most city cars and easily into the £0 road tax bracket.
The £93,763 Cayenne Turbo’s 4.8litre V8 now produces 520 bhp and a stunning 553 lb ft of torque, topping out at 173 mph, if you have the guts.
The base Cayenne Diesel gets a smaller 258 bhp 3.0-litre V6 which is good for 0-62 ins 7.3seconds and 137 mph.
Above that the £61,474 S Diesel’s 4.2litre V8 produces 385 bhp and a face ripping 626 lb ft of torque, propelling it to 62 in 5.4seconds wile managing 35.3mpg.
All models come with Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive, Bi-xenon headlights with four point LED daytime running lights, multi-function sports steering wheel with paddle-shifts, ParkAssist front and rear, cruise control, automatic climate control, powered tailgate, Sport button, Start/Stop technology with coasting function and a three year warranty as standard.
Turbos add LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting System, 19” alloy wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with self-levelling air suspension, Porsche Communication Management with satellite navigation and BOSE Surround Sound audio.
If a Cayenne is your heart’s desire and you can wait till October for one, the new model is available to buy now.