Facelifted Porsche Cayenne Unveiled Ahead of Paris Debut


Updated SUV gets new styling, twin-turbo V6 and plug-in hybrid.

Porsche has given its well-loved Cayenne a facelift, which has been revealed ahead of its public debut at Paris 2014. Despite the Macan grabbing most of the recent headlines, Porsche has quietly gone about refreshing the larger crossover that, with over half-a-million sold, has become the backbone of the German marque. Mid-life styling changes are most apparent at the front end, which receives a larger grille, new bumper with more blades in the air ducts for improved intercooler efficiency, restyled front wings and a larger hood.

New bi-xenon headlamps and LED DRLs are fitted to every model save for the Turbo, that has LEDs all round, while at the back there’s new angular taillights, and a revised bumper with integrated tailpipes. Inside, a 918-derived multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles is joined by a more contoured rear seat with optional ventilation. The real news, however, is the underhood upgrades. Porsche is now offering a choice of four powerplants. By eliminating the base model, the range now begins with the Cayenne Diesel ($61,700) that carries over with the same 240-horsepower 3.0-liter turbo.

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The Cayenne S ($74,100) now packs a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 (that features in the Macan Turbo) with 420 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to sprint to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds. By borrowing the powertrain from the Panamera S E-Hybrid, Porsche has created "the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment."

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid ($76,400) utilizes the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 rated at 333 hp and a 95-hp electric motor, giving it a total output of 416 hp, a 0-62 mph time of 5.2 seconds, a 78-mph all-electric top speed, and an all-out top speed of 151 mph. Crowning the lineup is the Cayenne Turbo ($113,600), which maintains its 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 albeit turned up to 520 hp and 553 lb-ft helping to propel the hi-po SUV to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds.