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by George Skentzos

Porsche’s new generation Cayenne SUV has been spotted yet again undergoing testing in Germany, this time with slightly less camouflage.

In keeping with the Porsche philosophy of evolutionary design, the new Cayenne is seemingly much sleeker in appearance than its predecessor.

Reports from our spy photographer who managed to catch a glimpse of the interior has said it has been heavily influenced by the new Porsche Panamera.

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Expect improved interior ergonomics and higher quality materials mimicking that of the Panamera – which can only be a good thing.

While we can’t say for sure what model is being tested in these shots, the new Cayenne should boast a variety of petrol, diesel and hybrid engines.

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On the petrol side, we can expect the new Cayenne to boast both a normally aspirated and twin-turbocharged 4.8-litre V8 engine from the Panamera.

The current Volkswagen V6 TDI engine which currently produces 177kW and 550Nm will also make a return with some minor improvements.

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Porsche’s first Cayenne S Hybrid will appear in the model’s current guise as a 2010 model, although its hybrid powertrain should carry over to the 2011 Cayenne virtually unchanged.

The hybrid version will use Audi’s supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine producing 248kW, coupled with a three-phase synchronous electric motor which receives power from a 38 kW NiMH battery that resides in the spare tire well.

The new Cayenne is also supposed to adopt a more street focused setup, which means some of the current model’s bulky off-road equipment could be dropped – similar to the Audi Q7.




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