Updated Porsche Cayenne SUV confirmed for November release with revised pricing and new engines.
Porsche Australia has confirmed local pricing and specifications for the updated 2015 Cayenne premium SUV range.
From November, Australia will see refreshed versions of the Cayenne Diesel, petrol and diesel S models and flagship Turbo variants, with a new plug-in E-Hybrid model to replace the previous non plug-in Cayenne Hybrid model. Updated versions of GTS and Turbo S badged Cayenne models are expected to arrive at a later date.
Most of the updated variants bring an increase in list price, but the fuel-efficient plug-in E-Hybrid model will be $10,700 less expensive than the last petrol/electric Cayenne Hybrid.
Styling revisions include new head and taillight designs along with subtly revised front and rear bumpers, plus Porsche’s new multi-function steering wheel first seen in the Macan SUV and inspired by the 918 Spyder supercar.
Priced from $104,700, the entry-level Cayenne Diesel is $4,100 more expensive than the outgoing equivalent. Mechanicals remain the same as before with a 193kW/580Nm 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 doing duties beneath the bonnet.
The sprint from 0-100km/h is claimed to take 7.3 seconds, while combined fuel consumption is 6.6L/100km.
The Cayenne Diesel gains several features which were previously optional extras, including Bi-Xenon headlights, a tyre pressure monitoring system, 19-inch alloys and auto-dimming mirrors.
Priced from $139,200, the new Cayenne S E-Hybrid brings plug-in petrol/electric technology to Porsche’s large premium SUV for the first time.
Using a 245kW supercharged petrol V6 combined with a 70kW electric motor providing a total of 306kW/590Nm, the E-Hybrid can sprint to 100km/h in just 5.9 seconds.
Official combined fuel consumption for the E-Hybrid is 3.4L/100km, and Porsche claim the hybrid can be driven in full electric mode for up to 36km at speeds of up to 125km/h.
The more conventional but similarly priced $139,900 Cayenne S uses a new 309kW/550Nm 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6, replacing the old naturally aspirated V8.
The new turbo engine brings increases of 15kW and 50Nm over the outgoing model’s 4.8-litre unit while dropping combined fuel consumption from 10.5L/100km to 9.5L/100km.
The S can sprint from 0-100km/h in 5.5 seconds, 0.4 seconds less than before.
The $143,200 Cayenne S Diesel uses a 283kW/850Nm 4.2-litre turbodiesel V8 which can send the big SUV to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds, while official combined fuel consumption is 8.0L/100km.
All new Cayenne S models come standard with 20-inch wheels, electric sunroof, dynamic headlights, and heated front seats - features which were all previously optional extras.
The range-topping Turbo boasts a 382kW/750Nm 4.8-litre V8 with twin turbochargers, and a 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds.
At $230,800 the new Cayenne Turbo is $9,200 more expensive than before, but engine revisions have seen peak power increase by 14kW and torque by 50Nm, while fuel consumption is unchanged at 11.5L/100km.
All Australian delivered Turbos gain standard 20-inch RS Spyder wheels, integrated wheelarch extensions and LED headlights with dynamic light system over the standard global specification.
The updated 2015 Porsche Cayenne will make its public debut in October at the Paris motor show before going on sale locally on November 8.