The second generation Porsche Cayenne is set to be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, but the widespread distribution of bootleg images on the internet have convinced Porsche to release press photos ahead of time. As you can see from the above and below images, Porsche was conservative with the restyling of their best selling vehicle. The sloping front end gives a more sporty, less truck-like appearance, and the updated rear causes the Cayenne to blend in with the rest of the crossover crowd. You can see styling elements pulled from the Panamera, but what fails on the sedan somehow works on the SUV.
More pics after the jump.
Engine options will include a 300 horsepower V6 in the base model, a 400 horsepower V8 in the Cayenne S and a 500 horsepower turbo’d V8 in the Cayenne Turbo. New for 2011 will be the Cayenne Hybrid, which features a 330 horsepower V6 combined with a 47 horsepower electric motor, driven by lithium ion batteries. The hybrid is said to be good for 34.5 mpg combined, and fuel economy across the Cayenne range has been improved by 23%. All Cayenne models will use an eight speed, dual clutch automatic gearbox and no manual transmission will be offered.
The interior has been restyled and borrows heavily from the Panamera, which isn’t a bad thing. At first glance, the seats, steering wheel and instruments appear to be common, undoubtedly saving Porsche money by reducing parts inventory. I’m a big fan of the Panamera’s interior, so I see nothing wrong with grafting it into the new Cayenne.
I still don’t understand the Cayenne’s appeal, but then again I’m not exactly their target demographic. For those of you who need a crossover with the Porsche logo, it seems like the new Cayenne won’t disappoint.