Spied: 2017 Porsche Boxster

The Porsche Boxster is getting new looks to go along with its updated engine range.

Three-years on from its market debut, Porsche has begun shakedown testing for the updated version of its 981 Boxster. Porsche's updated Boxster will be formally unveiled by the end of the year.

As with most of Porsche's updates, the new Boxster will receive subtle rather than radical design tweaks. Those changes will include revised headlights and a reshaped front bumper. The rear of the car will be treated to similar changes.

The interior of the Boxster is also expected to get a light freshening, but our spies' cameras have not yet been able to peer into the sports car's cabin.

There is some big news for the Boxster on the horizon, however, as the newest models will be fitted with flat-four engines. In base form the Boxster will displace 2.0L while a bigger 2.5L will also be on offer. Both mills will make use of Porsche's turbocharging technology, which should equate to nearly 400 horsepower in top-spec.

The Boxster's mechanical twin, the Cayman, will also adopt the new engine range.

Look for the updated Porsche Boxster to make its world premiere at either the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show or the Los Angeles auto show in November.

Read more!