Porsche is opting to keep their third generation Cayenne SUV fresh by giving it a thorough overhaul. This facelift enhances the overall usability through revisions to the powertrain, chassis, design and equipment.
As you’d expect from a mid-life refresh, the Cayenne has been blessed with a raft of exterior updates. A new front fascia has been fitted to the vehicle, with Matrix LED headlights now fitted as standard equipment. The exterior updates are then rounded off with new tail lights and rear apron.
You’d also be able to option your Cayenne in a wider array of exterior paint colours, with Porsche adding three new colours. For more oomph, lightweight sports packages for the Cayenne Coupe that promise weight savings of up to 33 kilograms are also on offer. There is also a new extensive range of 20, 21, and 22-inch wheels.Three different engine options are available. A refettled V8 has been added to the lineup, replacing the previous V6 motor in the Cayenne S. This power plant develops 474 bhp, and can propel Porsche’s flagship SUV to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 4.7 seconds.
The base Cayenne is now fitted with a 3.0 litre V6 with 353 bhp, an increase over the 13 bhp of the variant it replaces. This engine has then been used in conjunction with a 176 bhp electric motor in the Cayenne E-Hybrid. With an increased battery capacity (now at 25.9 kWh versus the 17.9 kWh of the outgoing car), an all-electric range of up to 90 kilometres is now possible.
Inside, the cabin design utilises the new Porsche Driver Experience. Functions that the driver uses frequently are located directly on or immediately next to the steering wheel. This frees up space to allow for bigger storage compartments in the centre console and a large air conditioning controller in an elegant black panel design.
Driving information is displayed on a fully digital 12.6-inch instrument cluster, and an optimised head-up display is also available as an option. The standard 12.3-inch central Porsche Communication Management (PCM) display integrates harmoniously into the new dashboard and provides access to all the relevant vehicle functions.
A 10.9-inch display is now available for the first time for the passenger side, providing separate access to the infotainment system controls and, depending on the market, the option of streaming video content on the road.Porsche has also introduced an air quality system in the new Cayenne. As standard, the vehicle uses predictive navigation data to detect approaching tunnel entrances and automatically activates air recirculation. Optionally, a sensor detects the level of fine dust particles in the air and passes it through the fine dust filter multiple times if necessary. Furthermore, an ioniser removes many germs and pollutants from the air, which is particularly beneficial for allergy sufferers.
In addition, customers can use a comprehensive range of new and optimised assistance systems. These include the active speed limiter and the swerve assist, the cornering assist, and the improved Porsche InnoDrive as part of the adaptive cruise control. This means that the new Cayenne is even better at helping its driver in dangerous situations as well as in traffic jams on motorways and main roads.
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