Porsche Cayenne facelift interior unveiled: Taycan-inspired, April 18 world debut

Ahead of its world debut which is set to happen on April 18, 2023, the refreshed third-generation Porsche Cayenne facelift has been revealed, albeit only its interior. Porsche has already announced that the fourth-generation Cayenne will come with a fully-electric powertrain, but before that, the third generation will be given a necessary refresh.

The images shared by Porsche show a Taycan-inspired interior for the new Porsche Cayenne facelift. Porsche shows the Cayenne now sporting three screens on the dashboard – a 12.6-inch screen for the instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch screen for the infotainment head unit, and a 10.9-inch optional screen for the front passenger.

Hoodless instrument cluster

The instrument cluster comes with 7 interface design choices. Despite retaining the binnacle design, the display now no longer has a ‘hood’ to create a sleeker appearance. The centre 12.3-inch screen supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and certain car functions can even be controlled via Siri.

The optional passenger screen allows the front passenger to assist the driver to set navigation and media controls. Interestingly, the optional passenger screen is covered in a special foil to make it invisible from the driver’s point of view. This serves to reduce driving distractions.

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Relocated gear selector

All driver controls have now been moved closer to the steering wheel. The most significant one is the gear selector which is now a gear stalk on the right side of the steering wheel. The driver assistance controls have also been redesigned and located directly on the steering wheel. Speaking of the steering wheel, the new Cayenne sports a reworked 911 steering wheel with a modern and sporty design.

Although the three screens dominate the dashboard, Porsche ensures that the new Porsche Driver Experience is the right balance between digital and analogue elements. One significant analogue element would be the central analogue clock that has been retained in the new Cayenne.

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HVAC controls on the centre console

The relocation of the gear selector has made way for HVAC controls on the centre console. Sitting on a black panel, the HVAC controls combine touch recognition and haptic feedback with mechanical air conditioning switches. In the vicinity is a physical volume controller that “ensures functionality that is both haptically and aesthetically pleasing”.

Generally, the new Caynne’s interior has been designed to emphasise wdith. It is also a ‘clean’ design, with a redesigned instrument panel, centre console and upper part of the inside of the door. For the first time, Porsche has designed all the air outlets in the cockpit without louvres.

The new Porsche Cayenne facelift will make its world debut on April 18, 2023 at Auto Shanghai in China. Porsche has also confirmed its plans for an all-electric Caynne, but that is for the fourth-generation Porsche Cayenne.

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