The current generation of Porsche’s popular mid-size crossover has been around since 2017 and despite it still looks great in every aspect, it’s time for updates. Simply, the company wants to keep the current model in production for a few more years and therefore, we are heading to the facelift. The test mule has already been spotted a few times and judging on the latest photos, the new version will be ready by the summer and it will debut as the 2023 Porsche Cayenne.
At this point, we know for sure that the next year’s model will come with notable styling changes. Still, that won’t be the only change, as we are also about to see novelties on the inside. The 2023 Porsche Cayenne is about to get a new center console, along with other modifications. On the other hand, details about the powertrain are still unavailable, though we wouldn’t be surprised if we see more power for each version.
The new model is expected to hit the market this summer.
2023 Porsche Cayenne Design
This will be a typical facelift, with a focus on aesthetics. The test model has been spotted a couple of times so far and the last time we saw it, it featured almost no camouflage. Therefore, it’s easy to see which parts of the vehicle will be changed. First of all, we will see new headlights, which will be slimmer and feature new internal designs. The grille and the hood will also come slightly modified, while we are about to see a new bumper as well. On the other end, we will see new taillights. We also expect to see typical mid-cycle updates, such as new wheels, new color options etc.
On the other hand, we don’t expect to see bigger mechanical changes. The 2023 Porsche Cayenne will continue with the same design, based on the MLB platform. The suspension setup should remain the same, offering engaging handling and strong overall performance.
Besides exterior updates, this facelift will also bring a couple of changes on the inside. This particularly refers to the new center console. We expect to see the same design we saw in the new 911, which would include a new gear shifter, while most physical controls would be removed. Other than that, we expect to see things like the updated infotainment system, new color combinations and materials.
Still, the overall cabin layout will remain the same. We are about to see a familiar design, which offers a great combination of style and quality, along with a full load of tech and convenience features. Of course, the seating configuration will remain the same. This includes two very spacious rows of seats, which accommodate adults with ease. The cargo area offers around 27.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 60.3 cubic feet of the total volume. That’s way below average for the segment.
We have no doubt that the 2023 Porsche Cayenne will bring novelties regarding the standard and available equipment. However, we still don’t know the details. If we consider that the current model already stands very well in this aspect, we presume that not many things will be changed.
For reference, the current model comes standard with goodies like dual-zone climate control, a 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, a 10-speaker HiFi stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, and wireless Apple CarPlay. Additionally, you can get upgrades like quad-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, a 14-speaker Bose stereo, a 21-speaker Burmester stereo, wireless device charging, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
2023 Porsche Cayenne Engines
When it comes to powertrain, the engine lineup will remain the same. Still, we won’t be surprised if we see each version with a little bit higher output. In any case, base models will continue with the 3.0-liter turbo V6, which puts out around 335 horsepower. The Cayenne S is next in the line, equipped with the famous 2.9-liter twin-turbo, which puts out around 434 horsepower.
The V8 offer starts with the GTS model, which features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo and a max output of 453 horsepower. The Cayenne Turbo uses the same engine but is tuned to 541 horsepower. Finally, there is the Cayenne Turbo GT, which features a max output of 631 horsepower. With all that power, this version needs just 3.1 seconds to hit 60 mph.
All engines come coupled with 8-speed automatic transmission. The base engine is good for about 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. On the other hand, the range-topping Turbo GT returns around 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.