2015 Porsche Cayenne facelift revealed with a new twin-turbo V6 and new S E-Hybrid

After numerous spy shots over the last couple of years, Porsche has unveiled the updated second generation Cayenne with similar styling to the smaller Macan.

Overall styling is much sharper with precise lines and angles. The biggest change is the new front end design with new front wheel arches, bonnet and the bumper, revealing new airblades in the nose.

The bi-Xenon headlights with four-point LED daytime running lights are standard on Cayenne and S models, while the Cayenne Turbo, is equipped with LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) as standard.

The rear end shows new LED rear lights with a three-dimensional effect, along with re-shaped lines and newly-designed exhaust tailpipes integrated in the lower rear section.

The cockpit shows a new multi-function sports steering wheel with gear shift paddles as standard, and the rear seating system has also been made more comfortable, along with optional seat ventilation.

The updated Cayenne will be launched in five versions: Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Diesel, Cayenne S E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo.

Engine updates are similar to the recently unveiled Panamera facelift, meaning the naturally aspirated V8 is gone from the S model and is replaced with a new 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo producing 414bhp and 405 lb-ft of torque, delivering an extra 20bhp and 37 lb ft compared to the outgoing model, while being 05 seconds faster from 0-62mph with a time of 5.4 seconds in its way to a top speed of 161mph. Fuel economy is also improved by 2.8mpg to 29.7mpg.

The highlight of the updated Cayenne range is the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, featuring a 328bhp 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol and a new electric motor delivering 94bhp, for a combined output of 410bhp and 434 lb-ft of torque.

0-62mph comes in 5.9 seconds and the top speed is 151mph.

In purely electric mode the range is up to 22 miles (up from 11 miles from the S Hybrid) with a top speed limited to 78mph.

Combined fuel economy is an impressive 83.1mpg with CO2 emissions of 79g/km.

The entry level Cayenne Diesel produces now an extra 16bhp with a total of 258bhp from the 3.0-litre V6, while the Cayenne S Diesel continues to use the turbocharged 4.2-litre V8 common rail diesel delivering 380bhp (an extra 3bhp) and 626 lb-ft of torque.

The range topping Cayenne Turbo also gets more power and comes with a 512bhp (+20bhp) 4.8-litre turbocharged V8 with 553 lb-ft of torque.

0-62mph comes in 4.5 seconds and the top speed is 173mph.

An even more powerful Turbo S will follow later.

The new updated Cayenne range will go on sale in October with prices starting from £49,902 for the Cayenne Diesel, £60,218 for the Cayenne S, while both the S Diesel and S E-Hybrid have a starting price of £61,474.

The top of the range Turbo can be yours from £93,763.


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