The new Cayenne SUV from Porsche is almost ready ahead of its debut at the Paris motor show in October. The updated model gets visual changes and also a new powertrain.
The Cayenne facelift gets significantly redesigned front and rear bumpers. The rear end gets a particularly slimmed-down design and new taillight clusters. A lower bumper on the facelift now encloses the dual exhausts and a new pseudo diffuser.
In the front, Porsche has given the Cayenne facelift extensive re-engineering. The redesigned bonnet now stretches between both wing tops, with its leading edge running the full width of space between the new headlight designs. The new front bumper is also a little deeper than that of the current model; the main grille and side intakes subtly reshaped. Overall, the Cayenne’s chin is lower, eliminating the ‘amphibious vehicle’ look of the current car.
Under the bonnet, the facelift is expected to get a new-generation hybrid system based on the one used in the Panamera, and a new 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine may be added to the engine line up. As with most facelifts, a small hike is price is also expected for this next generation Cayenne.
It has been four years since the first Cayenne was launched, and is nearing repleacement. The next-generation Cayenne will be based on Volkswagen Group's MSB platform that is currently under development by Porsche and will also be used in the forthcoming Bentley SUV. Bentley is pinning its hopes of increasing sales by 50 percent by 2018 with the new SUV. It hopes to eventually account for 3,000 units annually, with about 2,000 pre-orders already in the carmakers kitty. The all-new Mk3 Cayenne is likely to follow the Bentley SUV's launch in late 2016.