Porsche reveals facelifted Cayenne SUV

Willie Grace | 7/24/2014, 6:22 p.m. | Updated on 7/24/2014, 6:22 p.m.
Porsche has revealed a facelifted version of its strong-selling, second-generation Cayenne, including a new-to-the-range 410-hp gasoline-electric S E-Hybrid model that ...
Porshe second generation Cayanne

Porsche has revealed a facelifted version of its strong-selling, second-generation Cayenne, including a new-to-the-range 410-hp gasoline-electric S E-Hybrid model that is claimed to offer 0-62 mph acceleration in 5.9 seconds, a 151-mph top speed along with combined cycle consumption of 69.2 mpg (U.S.) and a zero-emission electric range of 22 miles at speeds up to 78 mph.

Set to make its public debut at the upcoming Paris motor show prior to the start of North American sales before the end of the year, the reworked Cayenne receives a series of exterior and interior design changes together with a range of reworked gasoline and diesel engines allied to new fuel saving technology -- all aimed at providing it with fresh appeal four years after it first arrived in local showrooms.

The midlife styling changes appear subtle but bring some significant changes to the front end of the Cayenne, which receives a larger engine bay aperture. It has a new bumper with additional blades within the air ducts for more efficient use of the intercoolers, more angular headlamps with standard Xenon main beams (LED with Porsche Dynamic Light System on the top-of-the-line Turbo), redesigned front wings and a larger hood boasting subtle contouring.

At the rear, there are revised taillights that, like the headlamps, adopt a more angular shape. The license plate recess and opening mechanism now also blend more elegantly into the tailgate. The Porsche design team has also added a revised bumper with integrated tailpipes.

Changes inside include a new multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles -- modeled on those used on the 918 Spyder -- as standard equipment together with a more contoured rear seat that comes with optional ventilation.

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