While it may seem to be just another new SUV update at first glance, the 2024 Cayenne is the most significant Porsche ever since it further refines its most successful recipe. The Cayenne is a global success for Porsche and represents its highest sales while for the new version, Porsche has also changed many things which would further move to the rest of the Porsche range- even on the likes of the new 911.
As of now, do not be fooled by the looks as the new Cayenne gets a raft of changes. The exterior changes are subtle but look sinister with slim LED lamps plus a wider grille while there are new LED tail lamps and a new rear bumper. There are three new colors too. The Coupe version gets a swoopy roofline for an even sportier look. Bigger changes are on the inside though with a driver-focused look along with a clear highlight of adding a digital layer to the cabin. Just like on the Taycan, the new Cayenne has the ‘new Porsche Driver Experience’ feature where controls or functions which the driver uses frequently are located directly on or immediately next to the steering wheel. For example, the lever located on the left behind the steering wheel now has additional functions for operating the driver assistance systems.
Elsewhere, the gear selector position has been moved to make way for more space inside the cabin and it has a larger air conditioning controller in a black panel design. There is also a combination of mechanical switchgear and haptic feedback buttons. For the first time, there is a fully digital 12.6-inch instrument cluster 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 there too while apps such as Spotify and Apple Music are there. A 10.9-inch display is now available for the first time for the passenger side, which is one of the other big highlights. Hence, the passenger has access to performance data, getting access to infotainment system controls, and, depending on the market, the option of streaming videos while on the road. A special film coating ensures that the driver cannot see this display.
Dynamically, the Cayenne makes a leap towards electrification while the base version comes with a 3.0 liter V6 engine, the Cayenne hybrid has a new electric motor with output increased by 30 kW to 130 kW (176 PS). Hence, 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 added benefit. Porsche has also added an 11-kW on-board charger which reduces the charge time. If you want more power, then the Cayenne S could be the choice with a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine coming in instead of a V6. The Cayenne Turbo GT in coupe guise is the most powerful of the lot though at a supercar rivaling 650 horsepower. The Turbo GT meanwhile has adaptive suspension as standard while it is optional throughout the range. The Cayenne range starts at $80,000 plus and is a serious update to make it a technology-focused luxury SUV flag bearer but with a greener conscience while still topping it all up with extra performance.