Porsche’s Cayenne 4x4 might have been a runaway success, but here’s the world exclusive evidence that the company isn’t resting on its laurels. Caught here on test in southern Germany is the new Cayenne, sporting a redesigned nose, tweaks to the rear-end styling and a range of modified engines.
Unlikely to be publicly unveiled before the Detroit Motor Show next January (or possibly even later), the next Cayenne addresses the current car’s unloved styling as well as updating the vehicle in the face of fresh competition from Mercedes’ new M-class, the Range Rover Sport and all-new seven-seat Audi Q7.
These pictures show an early prototype of the new model and clearly demonstrate the extensive changes made to the car’s nose. The headlamps have been reshaped into a more streamlined and purposeful look, and the gaping air intakes have been redesigned.
However, this car is wearing a thin plastic nosecone disguise which makes it hard to tell exactly how Porsche engineers have reworked the car’s air management. But one thing is clear: the thin upper central air intake has been dropped down below the headlamp’s lower edge. This seems to allow all three intakes to line up – a considerable improvement over the current nose design.