Among the big SUV’s upgrades for 2015 are a number of subtle styling changes, along with a pair of new powertrains - including a plug-in hybrid option.
That ‘E-Hybrid’ system will also be joined by a new 3.6 litre turbo V6, replacing the naturally-aspirated 4.8 V8 of the outgoing range.
On the styling front, changes for 2015 include - and these may prove tricky to spot - a new look to the grille and bumper, along with a re-contoured bonnet.
More noticeable are the new headlights, which have been sharpened at the inside corner, while the tail-lights have been given a more slender design. The tailgate and rear bumper are likewise revised for the new model year.
The Cayenne’s lights have been also been upgraded to include bi-xenon units with four-point ‘hovering’ LED daytime lights in most models, while the Cayenne Turbo gains full-LED driving lights.
Shots of the interior are still to come, but Porsche promises a redesigned sports steering wheel with 918-inspired shift paddles, along with a new rear seating design with optional ventilation.
Headlining changes to the 2015 Cayenne’s powertrains is the new E-Hybrid model, which Porsche boasts is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV market.
Porsche claims a combined 306kW and 590Nm (from 1250-4000rpm) of torque for the E-Hybrid.
All of this comes together to deliver a 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.9 seconds, with fuel consumption pegged at a remarkable 3.4 l/100km.
Top speed is listed at 243km/h, although the E-Hybrid can also cruise in all-electric mode at speeds up to 125km/h.
Joining the E-Hybrid is the new 309kW/550Nm 3.6 litre twin-turbo V6 in the Cayenne S, marking a 15kW and 50Nm increase over the 4.8 litre V8 that it replaces.
The turbo six is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic S auto, and Porsche claims a 0-100km/h time of 5.5 seconds - around 0.4 seconds quicker than the outgoing V8. That drops to 5.4 with Sport Chrono package.
Porsche is also big-noting the turbo engine’s specific output, up from 61kW per litre of engine displacement in the V8 to 86kW in the six.
The top-shelf Cayenne Turbo retains its twin-turbo 4.8 litre V8, but output is boosted 14kW to 382kW and 50Nm to 750Nm for the new model year.
The Turbo model’s 0-100km/h time is listed at a sharp 4.5 seconds (4.4 with Sport Chrono), and top speed is 279km/h. Fuel use is listed at 11.2 to 11.5 l/100km.
Driving the Cayenne Diesel is a 193kW/580Nm 3.0 litre turbo V6, listing fuel use at 6.6 to 6.8 l/100km. The diesel claims a 0-100km/h time of 7.3 seconds (7.2 with Sport Chrono). Top speed is 221km/h.
Topping the diesel range is the 4.2 litre V8 Cayenne S, offering 283kW and a whopping 850Nm. The 0-100km/h run is dispatched in 5.4 seconds (5.3 Sport Chrono), with fuel use listed at 8.0 l/100km).
All 2015 Cayenne models pick up ‘auto stop-start plus’, along with revised thermal management and, for the first time, active air flaps for improved aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
Porsche says it has also re-tuned the Cayenne’s chassis, promising greater comfort without compromising handling.
The updated Cayenne range hits Australia in early November, with pricing and specifications to be confirmed closer to launch.
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