Our spy photographers have managed to catch a 2011 Porsche Cayenne virtually undisguised.
Appearing smaller and sleeker, the redesigned Cayenne looks much more palatable than the original. This particular prototype (likely a Turbo, judging by the LED daytime running lights and the four tailpipe exhaust system) shows the Cayenne will feature black plastic body cladding, recessed fog lights, a 'power-dome' hood, a wide grille, and Panamera-style headlights.
While our spies didn't get close enough to see the interior, they've caught a few glimpses of the cabin on previous excursions. The Panamera-like center console features a large shifter and rows of buttons and switches. Above that resides a massive LCD screen, which is used for adjusting the navigation system and audio controls.
Petrol engine options will likely include a naturally-aspirated 4.8-liter V8 (with 400 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque), a turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 (with 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque), and an Audi-sourced supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (with 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque). If you're into alternative powertrains, you're in luck. Porsche will probably offer a VW-sourced 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 (with 240 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque) and a hybridized version of the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (with 333 hp and 324 ft-lb of torque).
Like the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg (which shares a platform with the Porsche sport-ute), the new Cayenne will adopt a more street focused setup. This means much of the current model's heavy off-road equipment will be dropped in order to make the car lighter and more responsive.
Look for more information to be released when the Cayenne is officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010.