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Porsche Cayenne Spy Shots Show Chunky New Front Fascia logo 06/05/2021 Matthew Crisara

a car parked in front of a truck: Porsche Cayenne Facelift © Copyright Porsche Cayenne Facelift

A new design or just a cover-up?

Following the debut of the third-generation vehicle in 2017, the Porsche Cayenne isn't necessarily long in the tooth. However, recent spy shots taken from Porsche’s secret test base in Germany give us a glimpse at what a mid-cycle facelift could look like.

Based on Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform – shared by other SUVs like the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga – the Cayenne prototype was caught with a chunkier front fascia. Along with a set of slimmer headlights, the front bumper features a squared-off profile. A big departure from the previous model, it’s unclear if the nose is just a cover-up or a genuine overhaul.

Meanwhile, the rear of the car was wearing a lot more camouflage, which could be a hint of more fundamental changes. Despite the test mule sporting a set of placeholder tail lights, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a new design reminiscent of the new 911 models. Along with the lights, the license plate has been dropped from the tailgate down to the newly redesigned bumper.

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Unfortunately, the spy shots don’t reveal any critical details about the interior. The new cockpit is expected to gain a new centre console and redesigned gear lever, which will most likely adopt the electric-shaver design from the current Porsche 911, codenamed 992. There’s also a small chance that the new SUV will receive the underpinnings from the facelifted Panamera.

Variations on a theme:

Rumour has it that most of the testing for the new model has been conducted in virtual reality. Regardless, the 2022 Cayenne is set to hit the market about a year from now, with a debut happening by the end of this year.

Source: Automedia


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