The 2015 Porsche Cayenne is set to solidify the brand’s crossover SUV as its most popular model. The Cayenne has become one of the brand’s most profitable and best-selling car models with about half of Porsche’s total sales in recent years. Slated as a sleek and powerful luxury SUV, the 2015 Cayenne has added a few touches to improve the design of an already awesome crossover.
The Cayenne’s exterior has been smoothed down and made even sleeker. The front fenders have been changed for a slimmer design and headlights have new four-dot LED running lights that are similar to some of their other models. Tail-lights are more horizontal as well. The interior has a few updates, including a new steering wheel and sleeker dashboard and fascia.
There are a few different models of the Cayenne available, but not all of those that were offered in the 2014 series: the Diesel, the S, the S E-Hybrid, and the Turbo. The engine in the Diesel has not changed from the 240-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine. The Turbo also uses its previous engine, a 4.8-liter V-8, but its horsepower has upped to 520 from 500. The S has a brand new twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 for more punch and better fuel efficiency. The S E-Hybrid is the greatest departure for the 2015 series, but uses a familiar Porsche hybrid engine with a 95-hp electric motor and 333-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6.
Critics have loved the new model for the same reasons as the last. The Cayenne offers a luxury passenger experience in an SUV that drives better than any other crossover. With off-roading capabilities and gut-dropping acceleration, the Cayenne is one of the best-handling SUVs on the market. Steering and suspension have been changed slightly and improved to make handling even tighter than before. All-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic are standard in all models.
The cost of the 2015 has gone up significantly. The entry-level model Diesel has gone up to $62,695, up about $5,000 from the 2014. The S has gone up to about $75,100, up by $7,300 from last year’s model. The S E-Hybrid is at about $77,400 from last year’s $72,000 S Hybrid. Cayenne’s high-end model, the Turbo, runs about $114,600. These prices make it one of the most expensive crossovers on the market, but car critics so far have supported the quality behind the 2015 Cayenne’s steeper price-tags.