Changes in store for the Porsche Cayenne

Changes in store for the Porsche Cayenne

Recent spy pictures of a Cayenne 'mule' reveal that Porsche plans some significant changes for its SUV this year. The Cayenne looks set to get a similar re-design on its rear to the Macan, with the tail-light clusters being slimmed down slightly and getting recessed covers.  The back-bumper will also be slimmer and will be divided into two distinct sections, with the lower section enclosing the twin exhaust system between a pseudo diffuser.

At the front of the car there have been some extensive changes.  The bonnet has been re-profiled and is now stretched from the top of one wing to the other, with the front edge stretching across the space between the new headlights. The front bumper sits a little deeper than in the existing model, with the grille and side intakes slightly tweaked into subtly new shapes. The overall look of the new model will be 'lower', which it is hoped will get rid of the 'amphibious vehicle' appearance of the current vehicle.

New developments under the bonnet of the Cayenne could well see a new-generation hybrid system and the addition of a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine to the range.

The Cayenne is almost in its fourth year of production and Porsche will be basing its replacement on Volkswagen's MSB platform, which is currently under development.  The Mk3 Cayenne is probably going to follow the launch of the Bentley SUV and go on sale towards the end of 2016.