Although it may seem like just another new SUV update at first glance, the Cayenne 2024 is the most important Porsche since it is still refining its most successful recipe. The Cayenne is a global hit for Porsche and represents its highest sales while for the new version Porsche has also changed a lot of things which would move more to the rest of the Porsche lineup even on the likes of the new 911.
From now on, don’t be fooled by appearance because the new Cayenne is undergoing a series of changes. Exterior changes are subtle but sinister with slim LED lamps and a wider grille, while there are new LED taillights and a new rear bumper. There are also three new colors. The Coupe version gets a sleek roofline for an even sportier look. Bigger changes are inside, with a driver-focused look as well as a clear highlight of adding a digital layer to the cabin. Just like on the Taycan, the new Cayenne features the “new Porsche Driver Experience” feature where controls or functions that the driver uses frequently are located directly on or just next to the steering wheel. For example, the lever on the left behind the steering wheel now has additional functions for operating the driver assistance systems.
Elsewhere, the position of the gear selector has been moved to make room for more space inside the cabin and it features a larger climate control in a black panel design. There is also a combination of mechanical switches and haptic feedback buttons. For the first time, there’s a 12.6-inch all-digital instrument panel with a curved design and variable display options. A head-up display is available as an option. The standard 12.3-inch central Porsche Communication Management (PCM) display is also there, while apps such as Spotify and Apple Music are there. A 10.9-inch screen is now available for the first time for the passenger side, which is one of the other big highlights. This gives the passenger access to performance data, infotainment system controls and, depending on the market, the ability to stream video while on the road. A special film coating ensures that the driver cannot see this display.
Dynamically, the Cayenne takes a leap towards electrification while the base version is equipped with a 3.0 liter V6 engine, the Cayenne hybrid has a new electric motor with an increased output from 30 kW to 130 kW (176 hp). Thus, the capacity increases from 17.9 kWh to 25.9 kWh, and a pure electric range of up to 90 kilometers (EAER City) is also an additional advantage. Porsche has also added an 11kW on-board charger which reduces charging time. If you want more power, the Cayenne S might be the choice with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine instead of a V6. The Cayenne Turbo GT in coupe form is the most powerful of the lot despite being a supercar rivaling 650 horsepower. The Turbo GT has an adaptive suspension as standard, while it is optional across the range. The Cayenne range starts at $80,000+ and is a serious update to make it a tech-focused product luxury SUV flagship but with a greener conscience while topping it all off with some extra performance.