Porsche delivers more luxury and performance in new Cayenne

Porsche has overhauled the third generation of the Cayenne SUV with comprehensive changes to the powertrain, chassis, design and equipment, further extending not only the premium vehicle's on- and off-road performance, but also its luxurious everyday comfort.

Apr 19, 2023

Porsche has thoroughly refined its popular luxury SUV. With a highly digitalised display and control concept, new chassis technology and innovative high-tech features, the latest Porsche Cayenne represents one of the most extensive product upgrades in the history of the famed carmaker.

With its extensively upgraded design and more powerful engine range, the Porsche Cayenne underlines its claim to be the sportiest car in its segment.

Inside the SUV, Porsche has integrated a completely revised display concept into the new Cayenne. The new Porsche Driver Experience, first introduced in the Porsche Taycan, focuses on the driver's view and optimises 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 look. A key feature of the new Porsche Driver Experience is the right balance between digital and analogue 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 optimised 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 optimise connectivity in the new Cayenne. A 10.9-inch display is now available for the first time for the passenger side. This enriches the front passenger’s driving 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 isn't distracted by this secondary display.

The new Cayenne has a revised front end combined with more strongly arched wings, a new bonnet and technically appealing headlights which emphasise the vehicle’s width. Three-dimensionally designed tail lights, uncluttered surfaces beneath and a new rear apron with integrated number plate holder characterise the rear end design of the new Cayenne. An expanded colour 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. Customised 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 ioniser 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 optimised 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 motorways and main roads.

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 optimised 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 additionally enhanced with the new adaptive air suspension with 2-chamber, 2-valve technology. This improves the driving experience with a soft suspension characteristic, stabilises 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.

While specific details on the New Zealand line-up remain to be confirmed, in Europe the new Cayenne debuts with three different engines. An extensive refinement of the 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engine replaces the previous V6 engine in the new Cayenne S. With a maximum output of 349kW and torque of 600Nm (25kW and 50Nm more than its predecessor) it accelerates both the SUV and the SUV Coupé to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds. Top speed is 273km/h. The entry model Cayenne features a 3.0-litre V6 turbo engine. It now generates 260kW and 500Nm, which is 10kW and 50Nm 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 30kW to 130kW, the combined output increases to 346kW. Equipped with a high-voltage battery with a capacity increased from 17.9kWh to 25.9kWh, depending on the equipment level, a purely electric range according to the WLTP of up to 90km is now possible.

A new 11kW 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 optimised 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 in most Porsche markets. The Turbo GT is available exclusively as a coupé and benefits from all the optimisations and innovations of the model series. In addition, the output of the 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engine of the Turbo GT has been increased by 14kW to 485kW. The Cayenne Turbo GT accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 3.3 seconds, with a top speed of 305km/h.