The Cayenne's challenging looks haven’t stopped it from becoming Porsche’s biggest seller, but now it has been given a mid-life facelift aimed at making it look better. There are more powerful engines, too, the Turbo now producing 500bhp.
The new car needs to resurrect the Cayenne’s popularity in the US, where sales have slumped since last year. Production is down, too, and there won’t be an all-new Cayenne for at least three years.
Although the exterior changes are relatively light, Porsche’s designers have managed to sharpen up the original car’s dumpy looks. Slimmer, sharper-looking headlamps help to reduce the heavy, ungainly appearance of the front end, and the grille and front bumper have been simplified.
At the back, the lights are more angular and the wheelarches have been reshaped. All Cayennes now have a roof spoiler as standard.
All of the engines have been enlarged and are more powerful. They are all equipped with direct injection — the first time Porsche has used this system. The company claims fuel consumption is lower by an average of eight per cent across the range.