Porsche Cayenne: more power, more tech, more EV range

Porsche has heavily revised its flagship SUV Cayenne to extend its lifespan beyond 2026 when its electric counterpart is set to be released. The facelift model gets a slightly modified look, more powerful engines, more tech on board, and a bigger battery for the E-Hybrid version, allowing for a much more usable EV range.

Although the current generation of the Porsche Cayenne has been on the market since 2017, an age where an entirely new model would make sense, Porsche has decided to revise rather than replace the current model. With the electric ‘Cayenne’ coming in 2026 and the ICE-based model retiring soon, developing an all-new model didn’t make sense.

The dashboard of the Cayenne has been heavily revised, with a digital cockpit, a new passenger display, and the transmission selector now on the dashboard itself /Porsche

New on the inside

This is not to say that Porsche has not worked to develop this facelift. Granted, the new Cayenne does not look very different, with the squared-off front end and new LED matrix headlights being the most significant changes. But more work has been done underneath the skin.

The interior has changed quite a bit, with some cues from the Porsche Taycan. There’s now a fully-digital driver’s display, a 12,3-inch infotainment screen, and a new passenger display.

This display is coated to make it impossible to watch from the driver’s seat, meaning the passenger can watch videos while driving. Other changes include moving the transmission selector to the dashboard and freeing up space in the center console.

Thanks to a significantly increased battery size, the new Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid now reaches an EV range of up to 90 km /Porsche

Better suspension, more power, and more range

On the technical side, a new suspension design with 2-valve technology allows for a greater spread between driving modes. This should also improve low-speed comfort and reduce pitch and yaw movements at higher speeds.

The entire engine range has also received more power. The base-model Cayenne now delivers 353 hp (+13 hp) from its turbocharged V6 engine, while the Cayenne S upgrades to the 4,0 V8 engine, with 474 hp (+34 hp).

The plug-in Cayenne E-Hybrid gets a 30 kW more powerful electric motor (130 kW or 176 hp total), which boosts combined power to 470 hp, while the V6 engine needs to be used less often.

And thanks to the larger 25,9 kWh battery (+8 kWh), the fully-electric driving range has increased to 90 km. In addition, the onboard charger now has a capacity of 11 kW, allowing for a full charge in about 2,5 hours.

Available to order now

The Cayenne Turbo GT also gets a bit more power, with a total of 659 hp (+19 hp), but this top-spec model is no longer available in Europe. Pricing for the new Cayenne starts at 97 907,51 euros in Belgium, while the Cayenne E-Hybrid starts at 112 589,29 euros. The new Cayenne is available to order now, and deliveries begin in July.


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