What is it?
This is the first version of the newly facelifted Porsche Cayenne that we've driven.
It's now available in five distinctly different guises: as a base V6 turbo diesel, a base V6 turbo petrol, a V8 twin-turbo diesel, a V8 twin-turbo petrol and, in a month or so's time, as a V6 petrol hybrid, too.
Porsche claims the latest Porsche Cayenne is more powerful and faster, yet more economical, than at any time in its 12-year history, in all of its myriad new guises. And to be perfectly honest, having spent some time driving the new phenomenal new S diesel variant, we're not inclined to doubt such claims for a single second.
With a stonking new 4.2 litre twin-turbo diesel V8 beneath its bonnet that produces 380bhp and, deep breath, 626lb ft of torque, the Diesel S Cayenne is a complete rocket ship in a straight line.
With the optional Sport Chrono pack fitted and its eight-speed paddle-shift automatic gearbox set to Sport Plus mode, it can hit 62mph from rest in a mere 5.3 seconds and, even more incredibly, will waft its way to 100mph in just 12.8sec. And that makes it faster, even, than the original petrol Cayenne Turbo that so completely blew our minds on its debut in 2002.
Porsche hasn't just stopped at the powertrain with its latest range of upgrades to the Cayenne, though. Also fresh and noteworthy are the styling updates front and rear. These include new LED lights at the back and a less deep but more potent-looking grille at the front (that's Porsche's claim, rather than my observation).
Likewise, the suspension has been tweaked extensively to deliver yet more control on and off road, both electronically and via its hardware thanks to alterations to the pick-up points front and rear.
And inside it's now genuinely hard to find much fault with the Cayenne's mix of quality, technology, logistics and architecture. Or its packaging, space in the rear seats and boot being as good as it gets within this class – although there isn't quite the sensation of majesty that washes over you when you climb inside a Range Rover.