The new Cayenne debuts with a highly digitalised 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, Vice President Product Line Cayenne. 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 emphasises its claim to be the most sporting car in its segment.
Digitised and driver-focussed: 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 Taycan, focuses on the driver's axis 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 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 curved floating 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 even the option of streaming video content on the road. A special filter ensures that the driver cannot see this display.
Refined design, innovative lighting technology
The new Cayenne now has a particularly expressive appearance. A new nose combined with more strongly arched wings, a new bonnet and technically fascinating headlights emphasises the on the road stance. Three-dimensionally designed tail lights, uncluttered surfaces beneath and a new rear apron with integrated number plate holder characterise the rear styling of the new Cayenne. An expanded colour palette with three new colours, lightweight sports packages saving up to 33 kg 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 according to customer wishes.
Matrix LED headlights are now standard in the new Cayenne, with HD Matrix LED headlights offered as a new option. These feature two high-definition modules and more than 32,000 pixels per headlamp, and this innovative technology picks out other road users and blocks out the light of the high beam 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 extreme situations, as well as in traffic jams on motorways and main roads.
Increased range between ride comfort and performance
All Cayenne models now feature steel spring suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). New shock absorbers with two-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 option with two-chamber, two-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.
Hybrid model with more power and up to 56 miles (WLTP EAR City) electric range
In Europe, the new Cayenne debuts with three different engine versions. An extensive refinement of the four-litre V8 twin-turbo engine developed by Porsche replaces the previous V6 engine in the new Cayenne S. With a maximum output of 474 PS (349 KW) and a torque of 600 Nm – 34 PS (25 kW) and 50 Nm more than its predecessor – it accelerates both the SUV and the SUV Coupé from rest to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds. The top speed where permitted is 170 mph. The starting point into the world of the Cayenne comes with an optimised three-litre V6 turbo engine. It now produces 353 PS (260 kW) and 500 Nm, which is 13 PS (10 kW) and 50 Nm 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 30 kW to 130 kW (176 PS), the combined output increases to 470 PS (346 kW). Equipped with a high-voltage battery with a capacity increased from 17.9 kWh to 25.9 kWh, depending on the equipment level, a purely electric range according to the WLTP of up to 56 miles (WLTP EAR City). A new 11 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 optimised E-Hybrid driving modes increase the efficiency of the vehicle.
Available with extended standard equipment from £67,400
The equipment of the Cayenne has been significantly expanded to include as standard Matrix LED headlights, Porsche Active Suspension Management, 20-inch wheels, front and rear Park Assist including a reversing camera, and a smartphone tray with inductive charging at up to 15 watts. The new Cayenne range is priced from £67,400 RRP (Coupé from £70,300 RRP) including VAT. The Cayenne E-Hybrid is priced from £76,800 RRP (Coupé from £78,900 RRP) and the Cayenne S starts at £80,800 RRP (Coupé from £84,500 RRP). The new models are available to order today from Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland, with deliveries starting in July 2023.