The Porsche Cayenne crossed the Pond to the United States for the 2003 model year, right after the first-generation model was introduced in Europe. The S and the Turbo were the first versions to arrive in North American dealerships. The base V-6 model and the range-topping Turbo S followed up by 2006, when the entire Cayenne lineup became available to U.S. buyers. The second-generation SUV came to replace the first Cayenne in 2010, and brought to brand new models along with it. The lineup expanded to receive a hybrid model in 2011 and a diesel version in 2013, further increasing the SUVs popularity worldwide.
Going into 2015, the second-gen Cayenne is getting an extensive mid-cycle facelift that includes a lengthy list of visual changes, interior upgrades, and updated powertrains. Slightly more aggressive by design, the facelifted Cayenne is not only about added power. The German SUV also claims to return more fuel economy, a feat we will verify as soon as we get our hands on it for a test drive. Until that happens, make sure you check out our full review.
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June 4, 2014 - Revised Porsche Cayenne Caught Testing Again
March 14, 2014 - Porsche Cayenne reveals its new face
January 2, 2014 - Caught in the Cold
The revised version of the current-generation Porsche Cayenne was caught during cold-weather testing. These shots don’t show much more than we already know about the upcoming model, but we do get a clearer look at the taillights as they shine through the stickers.
Porsche put a lot of effort in revising the second-generation SUV and the result is worthy of a brand-new model
Although most facelifts bring only minor visual improvements, the 2015 Cayenne is a whole different story. Porsche put a lot of effort in revising the second-generation SUV and the result is worthy of a brand-new model. A quick glimpse at the front end reveals a completely redesigned bumper. The grille is now larger and carries a rectangular shape — the pre-facelift model has a trapezoidal piece — while the intakes flaking it have also grown in size and have received reshaped air blades. The headlamps are new, as well, and showcase a four-point LED daytime running light configuration and a sportier shape. Down below, a set of revised fog lamps mounted in the redesigned lower apron enhance the Cayenne’s new aggressive appearance even more.
The rear end has been subjected to extensive modifications as well. Just like the headlamps, the taillights are brand-new and make use of a three-dimensional effect. The inner halves mounted on the tailgate are much thinner and slightly longer, improving on the Cayenne’s already dynamic looks. The license plate recess has been elongated as well, while the horizontal creases in the bumper are more defined for a sportier, yet elegant touch. Rounding off the rear fascia are the newly designed exhaust pipes. Larger than the units seen on the pre-facelift model, the new tailpipes are now integrated in the rear diffuser.
2015 Cayenne Diesel - Exterior Dimensions
The most important addition is the brand-new, multifunction steering wheel
Interior updates are less impressive, but the 2015 Cayenne does come with a couple of new features. The most important addition is the brand-new, multifunction steering wheel. Based on the steering wheel of the 918 Spyder supercar, it comes with standard shift paddles, additional functions and a sportier design to go with the new exterior. Upgrades continue in the rear compartment with revised seating for better comfort and optional ventilation.
Everything else remains basically unchanged, but that’s far from being an issue, as the Cayenne’s current cabin is nothing to sneeze at. Customers will get to enjoy the same outstanding level of luxury consisting of high-quality leather, Alcantara-covered surfaces, carbon-fiber and a bevy of convenience features and gadgets.
There’s even bigger news under the Cayenne’s hood, where Porsche focused on increasing both performance and fuel efficiency.
The biggest change is the S E-Hybrid model, which comes to replace the S Hybrid
The biggest change is the S E-Hybrid model, which comes to replace the S Hybrid. The most efficient SUV of the lineup now benefits from a more powerful electric motor — output is up from 47 to 95 horsepower — and Porsche’s proven, supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 that’s rated at 333 ponies. The combo cranks out 416 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 435 pound-feet of twist from 1,250 rpm, a 36-horsepower and 7-pound-feet improvement over the outgoing model. The oomph enables the hybrid to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 151 mph. When driven in electric-only mode, the plug-in hybrid can travel up to 22 miles and reach a top speed of 77 mph.
Moving over to the Cayenne S, Porsche has increased both performance and fuel efficiency by replacing the 4.8-liter V-8 with a smaller, 3.6-liter V-6. The twin-turbo unit generates 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of twist, a gain of 20 ponies and 37 pound-feet when compared to the V-8. When paired to the standard eight-speed, Tiptronic S transmission, the Cayenne S needs just 5.2 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph, making it nearly half a second faster than the previous Cayenne S. With the optional Sport Chrono package, the 0-to-60 mph sprint drops to 5.1 seconds.
Like the hybrid and the S model, the Cayenne Turbo gained a few ponies
Like the hybrid and the S model, the Cayenne Turbo gained a few ponies. The twin-turbo, V-8-powered SUV now benefits from 520 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, which accounts for a 20-horsepower gain and 37-pound-feet gain in twist as the current model. Additionally, the Cayenne Turbo is an insanely-fast SUV as it can accelerate from naught to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds in standard guise and in 4.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono package. These mind-boggling numbers come with a top speed of 173 mph.
Lastly, the Cayenne Diesel and its turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine come with 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet on tap, which translates into a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 135 mph. Porsche has not released fuel economy figures for any models, but we expect significant improvements across the entire lineup.
There is still no word as of July 24, 2014, on if there will be a Turbo S model or what it’s output will be.
Also, there’s no data available for the base Cayenne, Cayenne Turbo S, and the Cayenne GTS.
2015 Cayenne Diesel - Drivetrain/Specifications
|Model||Cayenne S||Cayenne Diesel||Cayenne Turbo||Cayenne S E-Hybrid|
|Engine||3.6-liter V-6 biturbo||3.0 liter V-6||4.8 liter V-8||3.0 liter V-6 supercharged + electric motor|
|Horsepower||420 HP @ 6000 RPM||240 HP @ TBA||520 HP @ 6000 RPM||416 HP @ 5,500 RPM|
|0 - 60 mph||5.2 seconds||7.2 seconds||4.2 seconds||5.4 seconds|
|Top speed||161 mph||135 mph||173 mph||151 mph|
As expected, this extensive facelift adds a few thousand dollars to the Cayenne’s sticker. The Diesel SUV starts from $61,700, up $5,100 compared to the model it replaces, while the Cayenne S retails from $74,100 — a $7,300 increase. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid can be had for at least $76,400, making it $5,500 more expensive than the S Hybrid, while the Cayenne Turbo fetches from $113,600, up $3,200 when compared to the 2014 model.
U.S. sales of the 2015 Porsche Cayenne commence on November 1st, 2014.
2015 Cayenne - Prices
|Porsche Cayenne S||$74,100|
|Porsche Cayenne Diesel||$61,700|
|Porsche Cayenne Turbo||$113,600|
|Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid||$76,400|
The facelifted Cayenne has a still-new BMW X5 to go against once it hits dealerships. Completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, the current X5 boasts the same bold styling, but numerous details upgrade it to BMW ’s present design language. Higher-quality materials, a general improvement of the comfort level, and updated technology are the main feats highlighting the revised interior.
Engine-wise, U.S. customers now have a choice of three powertrains. The range begins with the sDrive35i and xDrive35i models, which are motivated by a 3.0-liter, inline-six rated at 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The top-of-the-line version, the xDrive50i, delivers an impressive 445 horses and 480 pound-feet of torque through its 4.4-liter, V-8 unit. Customers concerned about saving a few bucks at the pump can opt for the xDrive35d, a diesel SUV coming with a 3.0-liter turbo that 255 ponies and 413 pound-feet of twist to the wheels.
The BMW X5 retails from $52,800 and promises to return up to 31 mpg on the highway in diesel guise.
Gallery BMW X5
The current generation M-Class is also in for a facelift, which is scheduled to arrive for the 2015 model year, just in time to take on the revised Porsche Cayenne . Unlike its German competitor though, the M-Class won’t break cover with a major makeover, as Mercedes is only planning minor updates inside and out. While the exterior will only receive slightly updated front and rear fascia, the interior is set to gain the new COMAND infotainment controller and a brand-new steering wheel.
Under the hood, the M-Class will continue with the same engines, although a hybrid version is reportedly in the works. The ML350 will carry on with its 3.5-liter V-6 now rated at 302 horsepower, while the BlueTEC and its 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 will deliver 240 ponies and return up to 28 mpg on the highway. More oomph will come from the ML550, which squeezes 402 horsepower from its 4.6-liter, twin-turbo V-8. Lastly, the ML63 AMG will sit at the top of the lineup with an updated biturbo V-8 and more than 500 horses.
Gallery Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Already regarded as a sports car among SUVs, the Porsche Cayenne has just become more aggressive and powerful, yet more fuel efficient, by means of this extensive facelift. It’s not often we see such a thorough update applied only four years into a model’s lifecycle, but the Germans did it to a spectacular extent. Not only has the 2015 Cayenne received a significant visual update, but the engines have been upgraded too, while the Cayenne S gained a new engine altogether. The S E-Hybrid is indeed the most important addition to the lineup, but the output and fuel economy improvements introduced across the lineup will enable the current Cayenne to remain fresh and competitive against its potent rivals.
- Revised, more aggressive looks
- New engine for the Cayenne S
- Updated engines across the lineup
- Significant price increase
- No fuel economy figures yet
Gallery Porsche Cayenne
A sharper design, boosted efficiency and an extensive set of standard options are characteristics of the new Porsche Cayenne. A sports car among sport utility vehicles (SUVs), the Cayenne offers seating for five paired with high performance driving typical of Porsche.
The new generation of the Cayenne will be launched in four versions in the United States: Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, and the world premiere of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. This model, together with the Panamera S E-Hybrid and the 918 Spyder, make Porsche the world’s only car manufacturer to offer three plug-in hybrid models. Another highlight is the entirely new 3.6 liter twin-turbo V6 engine for the Cayenne S. It was entirely developed by Porsche and shows both improved performance and fuel economy compared to its predecessor.
The Cayenne is a unique success story at Porsche, with the company introducing the first model in 2002. This vehicle made the idea of a sports car in the SUV segment a reality – and it set standards right from the start. Sales have exceeded all expectations: Over 276,000 first generation vehicles were produced (2002 to 2010), and approximately 303,000 units of the second generation, which was introduced in 2010, have been produced so far.
Sharpened exterior design
In this latest version, Porsche designers have given the Cayenne an even sharper design with precise lines and purposefully placed light refracting edges. The design of the front body, the front fenders and the hood are entirely new. Another new feature are the airblades, which are air fins located on the right and left of the vehicle’s front end used to guide air to the intercoolers for cooling, while also making a strong visual statement.
At first glance, the new Cayenne can be clearly made out as a Porsche by its Bi-Xenon™ headlights, which are standard on the Diesel, S, and S E-Hybrid models, with "hovering" four-point LED daytime running lights. Standard on the top model, the Cayenne Turbo, are high performance LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS).
The rear section of the new Cayenne was also thoroughly updated. The layout of the rear lights creates a three-dimensional effect; the brake lights – like the LED daytime running lights in front – are designed in four elements. The license plate recess, tailgate handle and lights are now integrated more elegantly into the tailgate lid. The vehicle’s horizontal lines were also re-designed, giving the vehicle an even fuller stance on the road. The newly designed exhaust tailpipes are now integrated in the lower rear fascia.
In the interior, designers devoted much of their effort to the driver’s space. The driver now gets a new multifunction sport steering wheel with shift paddles as standard. Its look and functions are based on the steering wheel of the 918 Spyder. The rear seating system has also been updated to be even more comfortable, and seat ventilation can now be ordered as an option for the rear seats.
Power and torque were boosted while improving efficiency. For Porsche, these are not incompatible or contradictory goals; they were enabled by numerous individual modifications to the entire drivetrain. All new Cayenne models feature an improved "auto stop-start function plus" and optimized thermal management. Active air flaps are now being used for the first time in the Cayenne models. They are located behind the center air intake and are controlled by engine management. They are opened or closed according to the specific driving situation and cooling demands. This allows them to adjust the air volume that is available for cooling. When they are closed they improve aerodynamics, which reduces air drag and thereby improves fuel economy.
The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. The technical progress made here is immense compared to the previous Cayenne S Hybrid. The new model has a lithium-ion traction battery with an energy capacity of 10.8 kWh, which enables pure electric driving. The power of the electric motor was more than doubled, from 47 hp to 95 hp, resulting in an all-electric top speed of 78 mph. Combined with the 3.0 liter supercharged V6 (333 hp), a total system power of 416 hp at 5,500 rpm and a total system torque of 435 lb.-ft. from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm is available. This enables driving performance on the level of a sports car: zero to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 151 mph. The traction battery can be charged from the electric power grid or while driving. Porsche Car Connect is standard on this vehicle, and allows the driver to pull relevant vehicle data from a smart phone.
The hybrid tradition at Porsche extends back to 1899 and the Lohner Porsche – the world’s first vehicle to have a battery-powered electric drive as well as a combustion engine, which was designed and built by Ferdinand Porsche. In the current model line-up, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is setting standards worldwide as the first plug-in vehicle of the premium class. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is now transferring this forward-looking technology to the premium SUV segment. Extraordinarily powerful hybrid technology has also already been implemented in a sports car, in a super sports car no less – the 918 Spyder. This car serves as an example of technology transfer from motorsport to production cars. The most advanced form of hybrid drive technology is currently implemented in the 919 Hybrid, and it is also being studied for production vehicles.
The Cayenne Diesel combines sportiness with even better fuel efficiency. The 3.0 liter, turbocharged V6 engine in the Cayenne Diesel produces 240 hp at 3,800 to 4,400 rpm and 406 lb.-ft. of torque, from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. With this output, the car can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 7.2 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 135 mph.
The new 3.6 liter twin-turbo V6 engine of the Cayenne S, which was developed entirely at Porsche, is another example of how downsizing with reduced engine displacement and fewer cylinders does not compromise core values. The twin-turbo V6 develops a maximum power of 420 hp at 6,000 rpm – a gain of 20 hp. The car’s torque of 406 lb.-ft. is available from 1,350 to 4,500 rpm (gain of 37 lb.-ft.). The previous power density of
83 hp per liter engine displacement was increased to 117 hp (gain of around 40 percent). With its standard eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission, the Cayenne S accelerates from zero to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds (5.1 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package) – 0.4 seconds faster than the previous Cayenne S. The vehicle’s top speed is 160 mph.
Finally, the Cayenne Turbo is characterized by a high level of performance readiness, uninterrupted forward thrust and an ability to handle any driving situation. 4.8 liter engine displacement, eight-cylinders and twin-turbochargers result in engine power of 520 hp at 6,000 rpm, its torque is 553 lb.-ft. from 2,250 to 4,000 rpm. This lets the Cayenne Turbo accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds (4.1 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package), with a top speed of 173 mph.
Chassis tuning of the new Cayenne was optimized for even greater comfort, naturally without compromising its dynamic pace. This makes the spread between comfort and sportiness even greater than before – and it validates the Cayenne’s claim to being the sports car in the SUV segment.
The new Cayenne models will launch in the US market starting November 1, 2014.