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Mike Stevens | Jan 29, 2010

FOLLOWING EARLY SPY photos in August last year of a thinly disguised 2011 Porsche Cayenne lapping the Nurburgring, newer images in December revealed more of the SUV's finer styling points.

While the new spy photos give some additional clues, our renderings strip away the camouflage to provide a speculative look at what the SUV's final styling is likely to offer.

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Smaller overall than the current model, the 2011 Cayenne line-up will start with a 3.6 litre V6 developing 225kW. Next in line will be a naturally-aspirated 298kW 4.8 litre V8. Top dog is a 373kW twin-turbo version of the 4.8 litre V8.

A successor to the Cayenne diesel is planned, powered by a turbo-charged 180kW 3.9 litre common-rail diesel engine engine.

Porsche has yet to reveal specific fuel economy figures for the full Cayenne line-up, although it claims consumption for the petrol models is down 23 percent on the outgoing range.

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An eight-speed automatic transmission will be fitted as standard for the new Cayenne. Off-roading opportunities will be limited, as the 2011 Cayenne will not be offered with a low-speed transfer case.

The diesel and petrol engines will be joined by a hybrid version, first announced early last year.

The Cayenne Hybrid will combine a 248kW 3.0 litre petrol V6 Audi engine with a 35kW electric motor, powered by lithium ion batteries.

The electric motor can run without assistance from the petrol engine at speeds up to 138km/h (86mph) and distances up to 1.9km (1.2 miles).

Weighing in at around 2065kg - 180kg lighter than the current model - Porsche claims fuel consumption for the Cayenne Hybrid will be around 8.2 l/100km.

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The new Cayenne’s weight loss has been attributed to new techniques in the production of the doors - shedding 40kg there alone - greater use of aluminium and the absence of the two-speed transfer case.

The new Cayenne will be primarily built alongside the Audi Q7 and the Volkswagen Touareg at VW’s Slovakian plant, with final touches completed at Porsche’s factory in Germany.

The 2011 Porsche Cayenne is expected to launch at March’s Geneva Motor Show.

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