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Porsche Sharpens the New Cayenne with Taycan Tech

Everyone scoffed at the idea of a Porsche SUV when the Cayenne was revealed, but years later, it turned out to be a genius move and remains one of the brand’s most successful models. Now, the Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe have received yet another facelift albeit with much bigger changes this time around.

In typical Porsche fashion, the exterior has been subtly sharpened up with new HD Matrix LED Headlights, a new bonnet and a revised bumper with larger intakes. There’s even a cleaner look around back with a revised number plate position and new three-dimensionally designed tail lights. However, we’re not as interested in the three new colour options and lightweight sports packages because it’s the changes on the inside that really matter.

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Dual screens in the cayenne

2024 Porsche Cayenne | Image: Porsche

The interior gets the bulk of the changes with a tech-heavy layout this time around. From the fully digital 12.6-inch instrument cluster with a Taycan-like curved design to the new head-up display, it’s really stepped into a new generation. We’re big fans of the 12.3-inch touchscreen that manages the latest Porsche Communication Management (PCM) software, while the new Cayenne offers an optional 10.9-inch display for the passenger with a ‘special film’ across the screen just like we had in our Taycan GTS.

Other design details have also been plucked from the Taycan, including the Porsche Driver Experience feature where 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.

Porsche has also moved the position of the gear selector to the dashboard and that frees up more storage space. Elsewhere, you get mechanical air conditioning switches and a haptic volume controller.

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2024 Porsche Cayenne | Image: Porsche

In Australia, the new Cayenne will come with three different engine options. Enthusiasts will like the new four-litre V8 bi-turbo with 474PS which replaces the V6 engine in the Cayenne S, offering a 0-100 km/h time of just 4.7 seconds. The more popular version could be the new Cayenne E-Hybrid with a six-cylinder engine and a new electric motor that offers a combined output of 470PS. There’s a larger battery as well at 25.9 kWh. A new 11 kW onboard charger now shortens the charging time despite the increased battery capacity.

The same six-cylinder also powers the entry-level Cayenne with 353PS (13 PS more than before). That said, if you want the fastest iteration of the Cayenne, then it must be the Turbo GT which is only available as a Coupe with a stratospheric 659PS courtesy of a more powerful four-litre V8 bi-turbo engine – you can read our review on that car right here. It’s mental.

In Australia, the new Cayenne is available to order now with deliveries starting from Q3, 2023 and prices start at AUD$140,200 (AUD$148,200 for the Coupe) while the Cayenne E-Hybrid is priced at AUD$155,900 (AUD$161,600 for the Coupe) and the new Cayenne S starts at AUD$181,000 (AUD$190,000 for the Coupe). If you want the all-singing, all-dancing Cayenne Turbo GT, you’ll have to pay AUD$366,200.

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2024 Porsche Cayenne | Image: Porsche

2024 porsche cayenne gear selector

2024 Porsche Cayenne | Image: Porsche

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2024 Porsche Cayenne | Image: Porsche

2024 porsche cayenne digital instrument cluster

2024 Porsche Cayenne | Image: Porsche

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