Introduced in August 2017, the third generation Porsche Cayenne (Porsche E3) turns four in a few months. An improved version is in the works, and the family will include a new Porsche Cayenne PHEV.
Spy photos published on motor1.com yesterday show the 2023 Porsche Cayenne featuring different design bits. Sticking to its new-formed traditions, Porsche is disguising Cayenne test mules with masking and faux plastic panels, but changes can be made out.
The 2023 Porsche Cayenne appears to have narrower headlamps with slimmer light modules inspired by those of the Taycan. The air intakes look new, and the same goes for the bumper. Changes at the rear are yet to appear, as Porsche seems to be testing early prototypes with provisional lights.
Inside, a big change in the 2023 Porsche Cayenne could be the shift to a fully digital instrument cluster, a feature Porsche has been prolonging on traditional vehicles. The company has conceded that customers are demanding a switch to a fully digital instrument cluster, explaining why it designed the Taycan with that feature from the outset. There’s no doubt that even the next-gen Porsche Macan (EV) due next year is getting the full digital display.
Currently, the Porsche Cayenne PHEV is available in two flavors, E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid. Porsche upgraded both the Cayenne plug-in hybrid models with a bigger battery pack in October last year and so, we can rule out an improvement on that aspect with the refresh. From a 14.1 kWh, the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid move up to the 17.9 kWh battery. The bigger battery pack has increased the Porsche Cayenne PHEV’s range by up to 30%. The Cayenne E-Hybrid can now cover up to 48 km (30 miles)* using only electric power. The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid’s range is now 42 km or (29 miles)*.
The new Porsche Cayenne will likely reach U.S. showrooms as an MY2023 car next year. Before that, a new Porsche Macan would go on sale (MY2022).
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