2022 Porsche Cayenne facelift spied again

A prototype of the facelifted 2022 Porsche Cayenne wagon has been spied with production-ready tail lights ahead of its launch.

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A prototype of the 2022 Porsche Cayenne wagon has been spied, this time with no camouflage on the tail lights.

Previous prototypes were spied with old Cayenne tail lights or fake prototype ones that were just for looks.

The rear of the facelifted prototype features a light bar similar to the current model and its linear signatures for the LED daytime running lights and brake lights.

There’s a bit of tape covering the middle section of the rear light bar to make it seem the current model, but it seems like it’ll be the same width across the entire rear fascia.

The rest of the Cayenne wagon prototype is camouflaged like previously seen, and our spy photographers expect this most likely won’t change before reveal.

On the front there are smaller and slimmer headlights than the current Cayenne with camouflage foil to make it resemble the existing model.

The prototype’s front bumper has a slightly different lower section where the fog lights and air intakes sit in comparison to the existing Cayenne front bumper, which separates the two into different cutouts.

Our spy photographer previously noted the number plate has been relocated further down in comparison to the existing model that has the number plate higher up under the light bar.

The location of this numberplate is similar to the existing Cayenne Coupe, which has it down near the rear diffuser.

Along with these exterior changes, our spy photographers have previously captured photos of the new dash and centre console design.

A facelifted Cayenne prototype previously spied had a digital instrument cluster featuring no analogue rev counter in the centre.

Currently, the Taycan is the only car in the Porsche range without an analogue rev counter with the current Cayenne, Panamera and 911 having variations of the brand’s classic five-dial design.

Pictured: Previous Porsche Cayenne facelift prototype interiors

Porsche 718 and Macan models on the other hand have a three-dial setup.

Drawing inspiration from the 992-generation 911 sports car, a previous Cayenne prototype boasted a shaver-style shift-by-wire gear selector (similar to the current Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia) with a new arrangement for the air-conditioning controls.

The current Cayenne has a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, and it’s not clear if the new infotainment system screen will be larger or not in the facelifted model.

Porsche has already announced it’ll update its infotainment system to include wired Android Auto, which’ll feature on the facelifted Cayenne.

The current-generation Cayenne debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, which suggests a mid-cycle update should be due in late 2021 or early 2022.

Along with this Cayenne wagon prototype, a coupe prototype counterpart has also been spied with its steeply-raked rear hatch.

At this stage there’s been no information surrounding any powertrain changes for the facelift, but Porsche has revealed a hotter Cayenne Turbo GT variant that’ll rival the Audi RSQ8 and Lamborghini Urus.

A coupe-only offering, it’ll be in Australia during the fourth quarter of 2021, priced from $336,100 before on-road costs.

It’s received a power boost to its 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 and now pumps out 471kW of power and 850Nm of torque. Flat out you’ll be doing 300km/h.

Power is put to all four wheels through a faster-shifting eight-speed torque-converter transmission, and Porsche has added a new water cooler to the transfer case to stop it overheating when you’re really pushing.

It’s also got a lightweight exhaust system made of titanium and is lacking its centre silencer, so it should make a bit more noise.

This hotter model not only receives powertrain tweaks but sits 17mm lower than the regular Turbo, and the air suspension is up to 15 per cent stiffer than before.

There’s a unique tune for the adaptive dampers, the anti-roll system, and the power steering as well.

Porsche says the nose has been reworked to turn in more sharply, with more aggressive torque vectoring and 0.45 degrees of extra negative front camber combined with 22-inch golden wheels wrapped in unique Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.

Behind those wheels, which borrow plenty from the design fitted to the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4, hide monstrous carbon-ceramic brakes.

MORE: Everything Porsche Cayenne

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