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The Porsche Cayenne is Sharper Than Ever

Ahead of an all-electric future, Porsche has handed its volume-selling Cayenne SUV a timely update.

By on 20 Nov 2023

Introduced in 2002, while news that Porsche would be building its first SUV package may have been scoffed at by so-called purists, the subsequent global reception – followed by thousands of deposits – quickly proved what an inspired decision this was. Broadly acknowledged as the reason that models like the 911 still exist, to date Porsche has sold more than 1.25 million examples of its Cayenne, with the 95 000 units sold in 2022 alone accounting for 30% of the brand’s total sales for that year.

Set to be marketed alongside a forthcoming all-electric model for at least another four years, the recently updated range includes a base Cayenne SUV and Cayenne Coupé package, a Cayenne S and Cayenne E-Hybird available in both body styles and a flagship Turbo GT derivative. Interestingly considering the popularity of this badge within this brand’s broad portfolio of products, for the time being there won’t be a Cayenne GTS.

Updated and altogether sharper exterior styling on the updated Cayenne range compared with the outgoing model is complemented by the latest-generation LED head- and tail lamp lighting, while this popular SUV is now offered in an array of new exterior colour schemes. Available wheel sizes range from 20- to 22-inches.

The base Cayenne is offered with an upgraded 3.0-litre V6 turbopetrol motor, while the Cayenne S features the 349 kW/600 N.m turbocharged V8 unit that used to be in the GTS. The E-Hybrid model not only boasts more performance than before but also an all-electric driving range of up to 90 km.

Traditional rivals to the Porsche Cayenne and Cayenne Coupé range include the BMW X5 and X6 siblings, the Mercedes-Benz GLE, the Audi Q8 and the Jaguar F-Pace.

The updated Porsche Cayenne range starts at R1 848 000, with the flagship Turbo GT available from R4 128 000. These prices include a 3-year maintenance plan

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