Porsche is giving the Cayenne and Cayenne Coupé a facelift towards the middle of its product life. Our Erlkönig hunter caught both models with still strong camouflage.
Porsche Cayenne with completely new lights
The now shot down model reveals a bit of the new design. The new headlights, which appear much flatter than the fake camouflage suggests, are already clearly visible. The double LED daytime running lights can still be seen in the new front apron, while the lower part of the apron has been given a new look.
Porsche has also given the Cayenne a new look at the rear. As with the Coupé, the license plate field moves from the tailgate down into the bumper. This also changes the flap cutout and leaves more space for the model designation. The rear lights, which will probably be completely redesigned, are still hidden under massive camouflage. It remains with the continuous light band, but here the Porsche logo is generously emblazoned underneath. However, after the facelift, the lights are slightly higher and protrude further into the fender, as can be seen on the new Panamera.
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo Facelift 2023 will “solve” the critical design with which the current generation was launched, also adding a more modern interior that we have seen in other spies before. This particular version, equipped with the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, is also due for improvements. Although the firm resists 48 Volt MHEV technology , it is obliged to add this device to this block, which will allow it not only to increase efficiency, but also performance. In fact, a generous increase in power is expected, from 550 to 600 hp , putting it in line with its direct competitors and further narrowing the margin with the top of the range, the Turbo S E-Hybrid.
According to intelligence sources, this model is a hybrid. The center-exit exhaust at the back suggests that this vehicle is a Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe. Although Porsche might make it available to other trims with this redesign, the enhanced exhaust and rear fascia are optional on that trim level.
Although we haven’t heard anything about significant powertrain improvements, revisions may result in small gains in power and economy, particularly for hybrid cars. Given that the existing Turbo S E-Hybrid has 670 horsepower (500 kilowatts) available, adding more would guarantee that it stays among the fastest SUVs on the market right now.
This update won’t just be a superficial touch-up. We spotted a Cayenne Coupe up close last summer, displaying its updated interior.
Given how long we’ve been seeing test cars out in the open and how little camouflage is still on this specific Porsche, a reveal must be imminent. The worst-case scenario would be early summer, but the 2023 Cayenne Coupe could make its premiere at any time.
In addition to the four-point daytime running lights and the static cornering lights, the new Porsche headlight includes two of the new HD matrix modules and two bifunctional modules for front area lighting and high beam. These four main light sources are arranged in the brand’s typical four-point layout. Porsche’s previous top headlight, on the other hand, has four front modules and a central matrix module with 84-pixel technology.
The heart of the new Matrix HD technology are the two lower light units. In each of them, an LED matrix with an integrated driver (ASIC) generates an unprecedented high-resolution luminous flux in an area of just 12.8 millimeters by 3.2 millimeters. Each of the 16,384 individual light-emitting diodes per LED array is not only activated by system control, but also brightness is adjusted in 1,024 levels.
The HD matrix light illuminates the entire area of 40 degrees horizontally and ten degrees vertically with a luminous flux of more than 1,400 lumens, and up to 600 meters away.
New design of LED position lights with four horizontal “strokes” and larger air intakes will appear. Front bumper will feature dual horizontal strips of LEDs for dimensions and direction indicators. Rear bumper to have graphics of LED lights in the lamps, which will echo the Macan.
Changes will also occur in the interior of the coupe crossover, where there will be a new steering wheel similar to the latest generation 911 model.
Significant changes in terms of technology are not expected, and the updated model should receive the same range of gasoline engines.