- Redesigned for 2015
- Four versions at launch: Diesel, S, Turbo, and E-Hybrid (covered separately)
- New exterior styling, more standard equipment
The 2015 Porsche Cayenne is back for the new model year with a complete redesign that marks the fourth generation of the luxury SUV since its debut.
Today, it feels like second nature that Porsche makes an SUV and the success of the Cayenne has allowed them to also add another SUV (the compact Macan) and a sedan as well to the lineup. The updates to the exterior styling give the new Cayenne a cleaner look, with precise lines and an updated front fascia that has a larger front air opening with a black, cross hatch grille. The hood now reaches out towards the front fenders, with new creases that help make the whole vehicle appear more low-slung and widened (which it is by about an inch). Different versions come with their own wheel designs/styles, with LED running lights, a power liftgate, and bi-xenon headlights coming standard.
There are four versions of the Cayenne on tap for the US market in 2015, three of which we will cover here: Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, and the Cayenne Diesel. S models feature a 420-hp, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 406 pounds-feet of torque, while the Turbo gets a 520-hp, twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8 making 553 pounds-feet of torque. The efficient Diesel comes with a 240-hp, turbodiesel 3.0-liter V-6 making a robust 406 pounds feet of torque. All three models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and standard all-wheel drive. As of this writing, only the Diesel model has fuel economy figures with an estimated 20/29 mpg city/highway. Porsche is also offering Sport Chrono on the Cayenne for the first time, which offers a performance-start mode that performs perfect launches.
Inside, the Cayenne is only offered in a two-row configuration and seats five. The redesign has also added more standard equipment to the Cayenne, enhancing its value and ease of use. Porsche Communication Management, which comes with a touchscreen, HD radio, navigation, and Bluetooth connectivity, is standard; so too are power front seats with memory, a USB port, and a new multifunction sports steering wheel based on the one found in the 918 Spyder. Heated and ventilated front and rear seats, a power rear sunshade, four-zone automatic climate control, and an upgraded stereo are optional.
The 2015 Cayenne also offers plenty of safety features. Six airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and a multi-collision brake system which automatically applies the brakes after a collision is detected to prevent multiple impacts from happening. Also available is Porsche Active Safe, which includes adaptive cruise control and forward collision prevention, Surround View which uses four cameras around the Cayenne to show a top down view of the SUV, lane change assist, and lane departure warnings.