Winter testing has revealed more production details.
The Porsche Cayenne was a much berated and hated vehicle when it first arrived on the scene in 2002. 20 years later, Porsche's decision to build an SUV has proven to be the right one. The lifted luxury lifestyle vehicle has spawned countless special editions and go-faster models, helping Porsche achieve major financial success. It's now due for a refresh, and last year, we saw the sporty SUV being hammered on track. That part of the development process is now over, so Porsche has moved on to cold-weather testing, and the spy shots that our photographers have captured in the cold have given us our best look yet at the new headlight and taillight designs.
The taillights are still covered by a vinyl film, but the proximity to the car with which these shots were taken offers us a better look than we've been afforded thus far. We expect that these fancy new LED taillights will feature a start-up animation, and if the above images of the SUV braking and indicating to turn are suggestive in any way of what the final production lights will look like, then this will be a very complex, detailed design that is sure to be distinctive from miles away. The lighting clusters in the front have been redesigned too and are now more square than before. This design is similar to that of the Macan, bringing the Cayenne more in line with the sleek design language employed by the futuristic Taycan EV.
Previous spy shots have shown the arrival of an updated infotainment system, something that Porsche confirmed just yesterday. A new digital driver display is expected too, as is a redesigned center console and automatic transmission shifter. Under the hood, things are expected to remain largely the same, giving buyers a choice of a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, and a range-topping 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Porsche has thus far remained tight-lipped on when the 2023 Cayenne will debut, but with ever more revealing spy shots flooding our inbox, we suspect that a full reveal will happen before the end of the first quarter.