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2015 Porsche Cayenne Brings Updated Styling and a New Plug-In Hybrid

2015 Porsche Cayenne

The Cayenne has become a critical model in Porsche’s burgeoning portfolio of vehicles. While known primarily for its sports cars and racing vehicles, the German automaker’s commitment to SUVs, and even hybrids, has proven to be a successful strategy.

On the heels of the launch of the compact Macan, Porsche has moved quickly to make some big updates to the larger Cayenne for the 2015 model year. This includes updated styling as well as the addition of a new S E-Hybrid plug-in model.

Among the array of changes are a number of exterior tweaks that give the Cayenne a sportier look. New headlights and LED daytime running lights round out the revised front fascia, which now includes “air blades” that help direct air into the intercoolers. In the rear, Porsche added similar LEDs as well as new exhaust outlets that are integrated into the rear fascia for a more seamless look.

Inside, the changes are modest but nevertheless add to the Cayenne’s functionality. For example, there’s a new multifunction steering wheel that’s been lifted from the 918 Spyder.

Not surprisingly, the most dramatic updates to the 2015 Cayenne can be found under the hood. This includes the addition of the aforementioned plug-in hybrid model, which replaces last year’s Cayenne S Hybrid. Powering this new model is a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that’s paired with an electric motor and a 10.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. In total, this system delivers 416 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque and can produce a 0 to 62 mph time of just 5.4 seconds and top out at 151 mph.

Another big change is the addition of a new 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 in the Cayenne S. This unit is good for 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. This new powerplant will help the Cayenne sprint to 62 mph from a standstill in 5.2 seconds (or 5.1 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono pack). The top speed for this model is 160 mph.

Aside from these changes, the rest of the Cayenne lineup should sound familiar. There’s a diesel model that still utilizes the 240 horsepower 3.0-liter V6. This unit delivers a 0 to 62 mph time of 7.2 seconds and top speed of 135 mph. The range-topping Turbo model features a 4.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 and produces 520 horsepower and 553 pound feet of torque. It will do 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds (4.1 with the Sport Chrono pack) and top out at 173 mph.

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne will arrive in U.S. showrooms in the Fall. Prices will start at $62,695 for the Cayenne Diesel, $75,095 for the Cayenne S, $77,395 for the S E-Hybrid, and $114,596 for the Cayenne Turbo.

2015 Porsche Cayenne
2015 Porsche Cayenne
2015 Porsche Cayenne
2015 Porsche Cayenne
2015 Porsche Cayenne
2015 Porsche Cayenne

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