Porsche has fundamentally overhauled the third generation of the Cayenne with comprehensive changes to the powertrain, chassis, design, and equipment. This has further extended not only on-road and off-road performance, but also luxurious everyday comfort.
Toronto. Porsche has thoroughly refined its successful luxury SUV. The new Cayenne debuts with a highly digitalized display and control concept, new chassis technology and innovative high-tech features. “It’s one of the most extensive product upgrades in the history of Porsche,” says Michael Schätzle, Cayenne Product Line Vice-President. High-definition HD Matrix LED Headlights provide road illumination tailored to every driving situation, an air quality system filters pollutants from the air in the interior, and for the first time in the Cayenne, front passengers have their own infotainment display – for streaming videos during the trip, for example. With its extensively upgraded design and more powerful engine range, the Cayenne emphasizes its claim to be the sportiest car in its segment.
Digitized and driver-focused: Porsche Driver Experience
Porsche has integrated a completely revised display and control concept into the new Cayenne. The new Porsche Driver Experience, first introduced in the Porsche Taycan, focuses on the driver's axis and optimizes operation. Functions that 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. The automatic transmission selector lever in the new Cayenne is now on the dashboard. This makes room on the new centre console for storage compartments and a large air conditioning controller in an elegant black panel design. Large, easily accessible controls combined with mechanical air conditioning switches and a haptic volume controller ensure optimum operability and a refined appearance. A key feature of the new Porsche Driver Experience is the right balance between digital and analog elements.
For the first time, the redesigned cockpit of the Cayenne includes a fully digital 12.6-inch instrument cluster with a so-called curved and free-standing design and variable display options. An optimized head-up display is available as an option. The standard 12.3-inch central Porsche Communication Management (PCM) display integrates harmoniously into the new dashboard and provides access to all the relevant vehicle functions. Native apps such as Spotify® and Apple Music® are provided to optimize connectivity in the new Cayenne. A 10.9-inch display is now available for the first time for the passenger side. This enhances the front passenger’s experience by displaying performance data, providing separate access to the infotainment system controls and, depending on the market, the option of streaming video content on the road. A special foil ensures that the driver cannot see this display.
Refined design, innovative lighting technology
The new Cayenne now has a particularly expressive appearance. A new front end combined with more strongly arched wings, a new bonnet and technically appealing headlights emphasizes the vehicle’s width. Three-dimensionally designed taillights, uncluttered surfaces beneath, and a new rear apron with integrated number plate holder characterize the rear end design of the new Cayenne. An expanded palette with three new colours, lightweight sports packages saving up to 33 kilograms for the Cayenne Coupé, and a new extensive range of 20, 21, and 22-inch wheels make it possible to individually and dynamically configure the new Cayenne.
Matrix LED Headlights are now standard in the new Cayenne. HD Matrix LED Headlights are a new optional feature. With two high-definition modules and more than 32,000 pixels per headlamp, their innovative technology picks out other users and blocks out the light of the high beam to them with pixel accuracy so as not to dazzle them. The brightness of the modules can be regulated in more than 1,000 steps depending on the driving situation. Customized light modes increase safety and comfort in different driving situations.
Porsche has also introduced an air quality system in the new Cayenne. As standard, the vehicle uses predictive navigation data to detect approaching tunnel entrances and automatically activates air recirculation. Optionally, a sensor detects the level of fine dust particles in the air and passes it through the fine dust filter multiple times if necessary. Furthermore, an ionizer removes many germs and pollutants from the air, which is particularly beneficial for allergy sufferers.
In addition, customers can use a comprehensive range of new and optimized assistance systems. These include the active speed limiter and the swerve assist, the cornering assist, and the improved Porsche InnoDrive as part of the adaptive cruise control. This means that the new Cayenne is even better at helping its driver in dangerous situations as well as in traffic jams on highways and main roads.
Increased range between ride comfort and performance
Porsche now equips the Cayenne at the factory with a steel spring suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). New shock absorbers with 2-valve technology and thus separate rebound and compression stages allow optimized performance in all driving situations. In particular, comfort at slow speeds, handling during dynamic cornering, and pitch and roll support have been noticeably improved. The driving experience can be further enhanced with the new adaptive air suspension with 2-chamber, 2-valve technology. This improves the driving experience with a soft suspension characteristic, stabilizes the vehicle and simplifies on-road and off-road handling – compared to both the standard suspension and the predecessor model. At the same time, the adaptive air suspension improves driving precision and performance, and reduces body movements in dynamic driving situations. The suspension also offers an even sharper differentiation between Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus driving modes.
Hybrid model with more power
In Canada, the new Cayenne debuts with four different drivetrain versions. An extensive refinement of the four-litre V8 bi-turbo engine developed by Porsche replaces the previous V6 engine in the new Cayenne S. With a maximum output of 468 HP and a torque of 442lb-ft – 34 HP and 37 lb.-ft. more than its predecessor – it accelerates both the SUV and the SUV Coupé to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. The top speed is 273 km/h. The entry into the world of the Cayenne comes with an optimized three-litre V6 turbo engine. It now generates 348 HP and 368 lb.-ft., which is 13 HP and 36 lb.-ft. more than before.
The six-cylinder engine also forms the basis for the powertrain of the Cayenne E-Hybrid. In combination with a new electric motor that has been improved by 40 HP to 174 HP, the combined output increases to 468 HP. The high-voltage battery capacity increased from 17.9 kWh to 25.9 kWh. A new 9.6 kW on-board charger now shortens the charging time at an appropriate power source to less than two and a half hours despite the increased battery capacity. During the trip, the optimized e-hybrid driving modes increase the efficiency of the vehicle.
The Turbo GT designed for maximum on-road performance is still the top model in the Cayenne range. It is available exclusively as a coupé and benefits from all the optimizations and innovations of the model series. In addition, the output of the four-litre V8 twin-turbo engine of the Turbo GT has been increased by 19 HP to 650 HP. The Cayenne Turbo GT accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds, with a top speed of 305 km/h.
Available with extended standard equipment at prices from $89,800
The standard equipment of the 2024 Cayenne has been significantly expanded to include Matrix LED Headlights, Porsche Active Suspension Management, 20-inch wheels, front and rear Park Assist including a back-up camera, and a smartphone tray with inductive charging at up to 15 watts. In Canada, Porsche is offering the new Cayenne at prices starting at $89,800 (Coupé from $95,400). The Cayenne E-Hybrid starts at $104,800 (Coupé from $109,400) and the Cayenne S starts at $107,500 (Coupé from $114,600). The top Cayenne Turbo GT model is offered starting from $218,300. The new models are available to order now, with deliveries starting mid-summer.