2022 Porsche Cayenne Spied With Slick Production Taillights

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Time to ditch those weird-looking temporary taillights.

The Porsche Cayenne is still a strong seller, but increased competition from newer models like the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE means it's time for a refresh. Over the last few months, Porsche has been caught testing prototypes of the overhauled Cayenne before production begins.

Whereas previous prototypes were fitted with taillights from the old model or weird-looking placeholders, this latest prototype is updated with production taillights, showing the final design for the first time. Compared to the current Cayenne, the rear lights are noticeably wider, stretching almost to the middle of the rear.

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Like the Macan facelift, the lights are connected by a full-width light bar connecting the taillights. Porsche has crudely covered the taillights with camo to make them look like the old units, but the exposed section extending onto the tailgate has a slimmer design.

The rest of the body retains the same camouflage as before. Tape is still covering the narrower headlights, the front bumper has larger intakes, and the hood looks more sculpted, giving . While the exterior changes are subtle, the interior is getting a major revamp.

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Previous spy shots have shown cabin will be upgraded with a digital instrument cluster, a larger infotainment screen with the latest PCM software, and a redesigned center console and shifter. Unlike the last prototype, there are no yellow stickers, indicating that this prototype has a traditional combustion engine under the hood rather than a hybrid.

We aren't expecting any changes under the hood, so the revamped Cayenne will be offered with a choice of a 3.0-liter turbo V6, a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, and a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. With the production taillights now installed, an official debut can't be too far away now. We suspect the refreshed Cayenne will debut within the next few months and go on sale next year.

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