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Porsche Cayenne Refresh Shaping up to be a Mild One

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/6/2014 Erick Ayapana

Hints of a Porsche Cayenne refresh first surfaced earlier this year when a prototype was caught cold-weather testing somewhere in Europe. Another Cayenne tester has appeared, and based on its lack of camouflage it appears that Porsche only has mild cosmetic changes in store for its second-generation SUV.

A close inspection reveals taillights concealed with what appears to be stickers that mimic the current design. Same goes for the headlights. That said, we wouldn’t rule out any modifications to the bumpers, side skirts, new wheel designs, and even a few improvements to the already spiffy interior. Porsche Cayenne prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Porsche Cayenne prototype

The prototype shown here is sporting quad exhaust tips, which means it’s likely a Cayenne GTS or a Cayenne Turbo. It’s unclear what, if any, changes Porsche will make under the hood. The GTS, for example, currently makes 420 hp from its 4.8-liter V-8, while the Turbo and Turbo S models makes 500 and 550 hp, respectively. The rest of the powertrain lineup will likely carry over and include V-6, diesel, and hybrid options. A plug-in hybrid model is also rumored.

The timing of this refresh makes sense considering that the current model is now in its fourth year of production. With the recent arrival of the fresh, new Porsche Macan, a little attention for the Cayenne definitely isn’t a bad thing. Porsche Cayenne prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Porsche Cayenne prototype

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