Facelifted CKD Porsche Cayenne Launched Locally From RM 599k

This refreshed version of the locally-assembled Porsche Cayenne brings with it a subtly altered look and a lot more kit. 

The facelifted Porsche Cayenne has recently been launched locally. Arriving just a few short months after its global debut, this new locally-assembled version brings with it some subtle changes on both the outside and inside of this large sporty SUV. 

Starting first with the changes on the outside, the refreshed Cayenne nets a subtly altered face courtesy of a new front apron with larger air intakes. Its bonnet and fenders too have been massaged slightly to give it a more muscular look, with the changes to the front then rounded off by the now-standard inclusion of Matrix LED headlights. 

And speaking of lights, the rear also nets a newly redesigned 3D-effect light bar. The tailgate on which it is situated on meanwhile was given a bit of a nip-and tuck too, with the number plate now integrated more neatly integrated into the lower portion of the rear bumper. 

Moving on inside on the other hand, the main change to come with this refresh will be the new digital instrument cluster. A curved 12.6-inch unit that apparently is inspired by its Taycan EV sibling, this more futuristic setup is further complemented by the new nub of a gear-selector on the dashboard replacing its traditional centre-console gear lever and a new multi-function sports steering wheel. 

Porsche Malaysia has also given this updated locally-assembled SUV a few more goodies as standard, which now includes Adaptive Cruise Control, soft-close doors and the Sport Chrono Package. Though perhaps most useful in this current climate is the new cabin air filtration system that is standard on this refreshed Cayenne, which comes with an ioniser and a GPS-based recirculation activation feature to ‘protect occupants from pollutants in the outside air’.  

As for propulsion, this newly-refreshed CKD Cayenne nets the same 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 and 8-speed tiptronic transmission as its pre-facelift counterpart. Thanks to some tweaks however, its new 353 PS and 500 Nm power and torque output represents a 13 PS and 50 Nm increase from what has came before. 

This refreshed CKD Cayenne is currently available for booking online, with prices starting from RM 599,999. The ‘starting’ is however the keyword there, as Porsche (being Porsche) has included a few tempting (but eye-waveringly expensive) optional extras. 

Say the newly-redesigned 20-inch alloys were just a touch too titchy for one’s taste for instance. Well, Porsche will be more than happy to bump it up by an inch or two for an extra RM 45,000 and RM 49,000 respectively with its 21-inch Exclusive Design and 22-inch Sport Design wheels. 

Being overly friendly with the Porsche Tequipment catalogue meanwhile may see owners tick the RM 13,500 rear seat entertainment system option, that adds two 10.1-inch touchscreen displays for rear passengers to input a variety of media content. Cayenne owners can also even now kit their cars out with rear bike carrier options and even a roof tent, though at a cost of course. 

In any case, prospective Porsche Cayenne customers may visit The International Gallery at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm this weekend on 7 and 8 October 2023 to view this newly refreshed luxury SUV. Interested owners may also visit their nearest Porsche Centre for more information, or find out more through Porsche Malaysia’s website. 

PRESS RELEASE: Porsche Malaysia, represented by Sime Darby Auto Performance, launches the new locally assembled Porsche Cayenne today. To write the next chapter of the Cayenne’s success story in Malaysia, the launch for the luxury SUV was held at The International Gallery at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club – the site where previous generations of the Cayenne were also unveiled. 

Porsche’s iconic sports car for five is thoroughly refined for more luxury and performance, featuring a highly digitalised display and control concept, new chassis technology and an enhanced local specification. 

“Just months after making its global debut, the new locally assembled Cayenne arrives in Malaysia – underlining the importance of this market and the wider ASEAN region,” said Hannes Ruoff, Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Asia Pacific. “The new Cayenne features one of the most extensive product upgrades in the history of Porsche, and with this enhanced specification made specifically for Malaysia, we hope to fulfill more sports car dreams for our customers and fans here.“ 

“We are proud to launch the new locally assembled Cayenne, providing a range of enhanced standard features specifically catered to our customers in Malaysia. The Cayenne is one of the most popular luxury SUVs in the region, proving its credentials time and time again through strong customer demand,” shared Christopher Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Auto Performance. 

Comprehensively upgraded – the new locally assembled Cayenne 

Since it was first introduced in 2002, Porsche’s sports car for five, the Cayenne, has become an icon in its own right, establishing itself as an important member of the Porsche model line up. 

The new locally assembled Cayenne launches in Malaysia with an enhanced standard equipment package including Adaptive Cruise Control, Soft-close doors and the Sport Chrono Package. 

Elevated standard equipment levels from the previous locally assembled Cayenne are also retained; for example, the 14-way electric comfort seats with memory package, Porsche crests embossed on the front seat headrests, four-zone climate control and electric roll-up sun blinds for the rear windows remain standard on the new locally assembled Cayenne. 

New options to fulfil customer wishes with Porsche Tequipment 

At the launch event, Porsche Malaysia announces further personalisation possibilities for the locally assembled Cayenne. Wheel options such as the 21-inch Cayenne Exclusive Design wheels and 22-inch Sport Design wheels are available for order, alongside new and lifestyle- oriented Tequipment accessories such as Rear Seat Entertainment – all to provide enhanced shared experiences for customers to go further, together in the new Cayenne. If the journey heads off-road, there are more Porsche Tequipment accessories to match: these include a roof tent and performance roof box, rear bike carrier options and more. Further details about the new locally assembled Cayenne can be found here. 

With prices starting from RM 599,999, the new locally assembled Porsche Cayenne is available to order via a seamless digital platform at 

Customers may visit The International Gallery at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club from 9:00am to 4:00pm on 7 and 8 October 2023 to view the new luxury SUV. Interested customers may also visit their nearest Porsche Centre for more information, or find out more through Porsche Malaysia’s website. 

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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