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24 July 2014

Refreshed Porsche Cayenne revealed

More Porsche SUV news: Macan's bigger sibling gets cosmetic tweaks and a 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6. Goodbye, naturally-aspirated 4.8L V8

Amaan Ahmed
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Porsche's really putting some effort into selling its sportscars-on-stilts. The Macan was launched in India (at a rather optimistic price) just yesterday, and look what we have today: the 2015 Cayenne.

It's been a good three years since the second-gen Cayenne was introduced, and it's just the right time for a facelift. So, Porsche has given it a redesigned front bumper, bonnet, grille with 'airblades', mildly reshaped bi-xenons equipped with four 'floating' LED DRLs (replaced by dynamic full LED headlights on the Turbo), four-element tail-lights and a tweaked rear bumper. Blink-and-miss changes, these.

Inside, the multi-function steering wheel is now designed to look like the one on the 918 Spyder and gets paddle shifts as standard, the rear seats are supposedly more comfortable, and ventilated seats are now available as an option.

There will be only five variants of the refreshed Cayenne – the Diesel, Diesel S, S, S E-Hybrid, and the Turbo. Unless Porsche decides to bring them in later, that surely spells the end of the road for the driver-focused GTS, and the Turbo S.

Diesel engines include the 3.0-litre, 241bhp, 550Nm V6 (Diesel) and the 4.2-litre, 380bhp, 750Nm V8 (Diesel S). The petrol S does away with the 4.8-litre V8, and in its place comes a slightly more powerful version of the Macan Turbo's new 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6. Here, it makes 414bhp and 550Nm of torque, propelling the Cayenne from 0-100kph in 5.2 seconds. And yet, it is more economical than the mill it replaces.

The S E-Hybrid is equipped with a more powerful electric motor now, which, coupled to the 3.0-litre supercharged petrol V6, blesses the car with a total power output of 410bhp and 590Nm of spin. On electric power alone, the S E-Hybrid can travel between 18-36 kilometres, with a top speed of 125kph.

Topping things off is the Turbo, with a 512bhp, 750Nm twin-turbo V8 that can crack the run to 100kph in just 4.5 seconds, and can reach 279kph. An 8-speed ZF auto 'box is standard across all variants.

We should see the refreshed version in India as soon as Porsche starts building it. Prices should be more or less the same, unless Porsche decides to fit it with more optional features as standard. The question is, would you buy this, or the similarly-priced, dissimilarly-sized Macan?

Tags: cayenne, porsche

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