The wintery winds of change are blowing the covers off the newly restyled 2015 Porsche Cayenne as our spy photographers captured this unmasked example of Porsche’s latest redesign. From the looks of things, the changes are minor with the majority of updates relegated to the front turn signals, fog lights, and center grille.
For starters, the center grille is more rectangular than last year’s gaping mouth, and the side air inlets decrease in size to match the grille. The turn signals within those air inlets have been pushed upward into the bodywork, removing their free-floating appearance from 2013. The cruise control radar is also repositioned to the grille’s center, down from the 12 o’clock position in last year’s grille. Perched just above the radar looks to be a front view camera. The fog lights now stick out further with less bodywork around them.
Interestingly, the headlights almost look like stickers off a NASCAR Sprint Cup car. Perhaps the HIDs weren’t ready for real-world testing yet. Speaking of lights, turn signal repeaters now reside on the side mirrors, doubling the ones on the front fender. Besides the reshaped mirror, the side profile of the SUV — the doors and rear quarter panels — appears unchanged. Though not in these photos, we expect the taillights to get a similar 3D-like appearance resembling the Macan .
At this point, not much is know about potential powertrains for the 2015 Cayenne. Rumors swirl about Porsche offering a plug-in hybrid version, but nothing solid has been nailed down. Expect the diesel and gas variants to return with some possible tweaks to increase fuel efficiency and power outputs.
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Like we mentioned before the jump, the changes appear limited to minor cosmetic changes. In the pictures below, you can see the changes detailed out with close-up shots of this 2015 Porsche Cayenne test mule covered in snowy road grime.
In these three shots of the front, the changes are clear, but only noticeable when comparing it to pictures of a 2014 model. The front turn signals have been moved up within the side air inlets to touch the bumper. It’s similar to the current Cayenne Diesel’s look, but the signals themselves have been reshaped. A small vertical fin has also been added to capture more air coming off the Cayenne’s nose. It also looks like Porsche engineers have been pushing these SUV’s in low-traction situations as the tow hook is screwed into place.
Porsche caught plenty of flack for releasing an SUV. The nay-sayers wondered why Porsche — a brand known for producing some of the world’s finest sports cars — would spend its time building slow SUVs. Well as it turns out, the Cayenne wasn’t slow. Built on the same platform as the Volkswagen Touareg, the first Cayennes rolled off assembly lines in 2003. Now in its second generation, the 2010 – current Cayenne is more refined and lighter than its predecessor, though it still shares its platform with the Touareg and now Audi Q7 .
Power came from many different engines over the years, including several V-6 mills, V-8 monsters, and several versions of a V-6 turbodiesel . All-wheel-drive and a surprising off-road prowess have hid under the Porsche’s muscular lines since day one. Available air suspension and locking differentials make the Cayenne a worthy – though unlikely – choice for blazing trails.
On the track, the Cayenne Turbo S version burns up the pavement with a 4.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 cranking out 540 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Handling is surprising for such a large SUV as Porsche engineers somehow defy logic and physics with their $146,000 sports utility.