Coming to us from the Southwest are these spanking-new spy shots of the upcoming next-generation Porsche Cayenne. Undergoing hot-weather testing in mild disguise, this appears to be very close to the production SUV we can expect to see in dealerships in 2007. Not messing with a good thing–the Cayenne has been a healthy seller since its 2003 inception–the design is more evolutionary than revolutionary, although the update is certainly sleeker. Perhaps the world’s sportiest of sport utility vehicles, the new hot pepper promises even more spice in a smoother, more modern package.
Note the conspicuous, slimmer head- and tail-light treatment and the protruding, more aerodynamic front fascia (the changes are likely to bring the truck in line with the EU’s upcoming new pedestrian-safety regulations). Also visible are vertical turning/parking lamps now integrated into the lower grille pieces. Less obvious but just as striking are details such as the dual exhaust tips now routed through outlets in the bumper, and what looks to be an air diffuser peeking out from the undercarriage. The end result brings this credentialed off-roader’s look more in line with the new 911 and Boxster.
Details regarding engine and chassis are scarce at this time, but we expect the powertrain choices to remain the same as in the current model.