2015 Porsche Cayenne refresh ahead of the Paris motor show

Posted by: Bernard Winkelmann onSeptember 16th, 2014


The Porsche Cayenne refresh was recently released to the public. It’s a beauty. Mid-cycle updates always bring a nice refreshed looked to a vehicle. It refines the look that you are already used to and makes you take a second look and say: “There is something a little different about that car.” It’s like when you meet up with an old friend who has had an “enhancement.” Whether that is a nose job, an update to the eyes, or even some pouty lips, surgery always makes you take notice.

The most striking model is the top of the line Cayenne Turbo. There is something about LED headlamps on any vehicle that does it for me. Maybe it is because designers are able to make them look so different and they don’t have to follow the conventional projector beam or reflector housing look. Gone is also the requirement for only 2 sources of light. Just looks cool.

A new set of headlights with the brands specific 4 point LED daytime running lights and a revised bumper highlight the changes in the front. In the rear are an updated tailgate (which comes with standard power now) and some revised tail lights. A little nip here and a tuck there. It is a nice package. The interior is also updated with a new multi function steering wheel which is said to come from the 918. Shift paddles are now standard. The center stack is a mess of buttons.


The engine line up is changing. Lower displacement, lower cylinder count, lower fuel consumption across the line. The Turbo keeps the V8, but should have you going to the pump less often. The S model gets the 3.6 TT out of the Macan Turbo good for 420 horsepower. A significant bump over the older V8.

New for 2015 is the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. It comes with green brake calipers and the 3.0 supercharged V6 from its Audi cousin, the Q7. It is a plug-in SUV that has a 95hp electric motor that works in parallel with the 333hp V6.

Looks like the Cayenne Diesel is now the entry model and comes with a 240 hp engine. At the top of the range is the Turbo. 520hp should make this beast move.

We will be bringing you live photos from the public reveal at the Paris Motor show at the beginning of October.

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