New 2022 Porsche Cayenne facelift spotted: price, specs and release date
October 04, 2021 by
The refreshed Porsche Cayenne has been spotted testing in Turbo S e-Hybrid form. Read on for full details of this updated sporty SUV.
- Porsche Cayenne Coupe facelift spotted
- Subtle tweaks to existing design
- Minor interior changes expected
- New Turbo S E-Hybrid on the way
- Range could be priced from £60,000
- Should go on sale in 2022
The Porsche Cayenne is set to receive some mid-life upgrades, including a revised design and an upgraded interior towards the end of 2021 or in early 2022. The German manufacturer has released a set of official images of a prototype version of the ‘Coupe’ model undergoing testing, which should get similar upgrades to the standard SUV.
New Porsche Cayenne design
With the Cayenne being one of its best-selling cars, Porsche isn’t set to change things too drastically in the mid-life facelift. As these prototype images show, visual changes are minimal but a few minor tweaks help give the SUV a bit of a sportier look.
For instance, the front bumper is a bit more imposing than before thanks to a much larger front grille and sharper headlights.
The rear diffuser has also been given a bit of a tweak too, while earlier prototype spottings of the SUV look to have more rounded tailgates with the number plate mount moved to the bottom of the bumper – just like the swoopier Porsche Cayenne Coupe.
This Turbo version of the Cayenne Coupe has centre-mounted exhausts too, which could vary depending on trim.
New Porsche Cayenne interior
Inside, the new Porsche Cayenne’s control layout should remain mostly as is, with a big touchscreen display on the dashboard and a cascading centre console layout. Expect redesigned elements to include a subtly tweaked steering wheel and, potentially, a smaller gear selector lever derived from the Porsche 911 sports car.
This should also mean the interior dimensions will remain pretty much identical to the current car, meaning the facelifted Cayenne will have plenty of space inside for passengers and lots of boot space. Do bear in mind that, because of the way the battery is packaged under the boot floor, the plug-in hybrids won’t have quite as much cargo capacity as the petrol-only models.
New Porsche Cayenne engines and driving
Porsche is likely to make small tweaks to the new Cayenne’s engine line-up, too. Bar some potential mild mechanical tweaks, all of the engines from the current car will be carried over – meaning you’ll be able to choose from a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 or a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.
Both engines will also be paired up to an electric motor and a battery pack in their respective E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid versions. It looked as though Porsche would phase out the standard Turbo and only offer an upgrade Turbo S version of the Cayenne, though official prototype shots of the Turbo have put that theory to bed. A full-whack Turbo S could still come, though.
As its name implies, this will be a faster and more powerful model – whereas the current Porsche Cayenne Turbo has 550hp at its disposal, a theoretical Cayenne Turbo S would potentially produce around 630hp.
Regardless of what the engine under the bonnet is, all Porsche Cayennes will come with four-wheel drive, and only be available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
New Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid
Judging from these latest spy shots, a full-whack Turbo S E-Hybrid is on the cards and will be the fastest and most powerful model.
Whereas the current Porsche Cayenne Turbo has 550hp at its disposal and the recently introduced Cayenne Turbo GT Coupe offers up 640hp, the Turbo S E-Hybrid will most likely push out closer to 700hp. That should give it the firepower to eclipse the current Turbo GT’s 3.3-second 0-60mph time.
The lightly camouflaged car we spotted has much of the same visual updates as the rest of the Cayenne range, the acid green brake calipers and dual fuel flaps above each rear wheel arch indicate that it is a hybrid, while quad exhausts out the rear tell us that this is the range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid version.
Inside, the gear selector has been partially hidden from view, but it looks just like the unit found in the 911. The oddly protruding centrally mounted infotainment screen is most likely only there for testing purposes and won’t be making it into production.
New Porsche Cayenne price and release date
The new Porsche Cayenne isn’t expected to be revealed in full until late 2021 and won’t reach showrooms until 2022. Entry-level cars will likely set you back from around £60,000, though could rise significantly over £130,000 for the range-topping models.
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