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2023 Porsche Cayenne facelift revealed

Porsche is readying an updated version of the Cayenne SUV, with a more aggressive look and a higher-tech interior.

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Porsche has once again been snapped testing its updated Cayenne SUV.

The facelifted Porsche Cayenne wagon and coupe range is expected to debut at some point during 2022, with an expected Australian launch sometime during 2023.

It’s unclear whether this facelifted Cayenne will receive any powertrain changes compared to the existing model.

The Porsche Cayenne range is currently offered with a range of turbocharged and twin-turbocharged petrol V6 engines, as well as twin-turbocharged V8s. There are also turbo V6 and twin-turbo V8 plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Similarly to previously spied Cayenne prototypes, this car has a more aggressive front fascia with larger air intakes and a more sculpted bonnet.

The headlights have a sliver of camouflage tape around their outside, and feature a similar linear LED daytime running light signature to the ones previously spied on a next-generation Porsche Panamera prototype.

At the rear of this spied prototype is a light bar that appears to be production-ready, although parts of it are covered in camouflage tape. Although the current model already features a light bar, it’s possible the updated model will be more closely tied with the look of the Macan.

Along with these minor exterior changes, we’ve previously seen spy photographs of the facelifted Cayenne’s new dash and centre console design.

Ahead of the driver was 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.

To the end of February 2022, Porsche sold a total of 215 Cayennes: 102 wagons and 113 Cayenne Coupes.

It outsold the likes of the Volvo XC90 (121 sales), Audi Q7 (115 sales) and Range Rover Sport (102 sales), but was outsold by the BMW X5 (509 sales), Mercedes-Benz GLE wagon and coupe (415 combined sales), and the Lexus RX (228 sales).

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Scott Collie
Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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