First test of the Porsche Cayenne: nothing will be the same again

After presenting it to society, we have already been able to drive the update of the third generation of the Porsche Cayenne. A model about which we are not going to discover anything new because since its appearance and becoming the savior of the German brand itself in 2002, it has become the best-selling model in its history, taking half as much time as the 911. to reach one million units.

Now with the echoes of a fourth generation that will be 100% electric and that will be based on the PPE platform developed in conjunction with Audi, we have been able to discover first-hand how the new Cayenne changes.

Leaving intact its 4.93 meters in length as well as the dual bodywork, with an SUV and another Coupé, the renewed Cayenne complies with what is usual in a commercial mid-life renovation since the exterior does not undergo profound changes beyond offering some new bumpers, headlights with Matrix LED HD technology, six new body colors or sets of alloy wheels ranging from 20 to 22 inches, with exclusive designs for specific versions such as the plug-in hybrid, with a semi-faired appearance.

From the inside, the changes are much more profound since the Cayenne inherits practically the same driving position as the Taycan. Here the 12.6-inch curved instrument panel stands out with countless displays as well as a 12.3-inch central monitor with operation similar to that of a smartphone that becomes the brain of the car’s operations. However, without leaving the screens there is one that is the big novelty, the one placed in front of the co-pilot which is 10.9 inches and allows said passenger to manage the functions as he pleases and even play YouTube videos. But don’t be afraid of distractions because Porsche uses the same privacy protector technology used in cell phones and computers so that the driver doesn’t see it.

Interior of the new Cayenne

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First test of the Porsche Cayenne: nothing will be the same again

Also new is the gear selector, which has a minimalist appearance, allowing us to have a greater feeling of spaciousness and, above all, having redesigned the center console, with haptic-cut physical commands that are quite accessible. While the habitability is maintained, highlighting a very large rear area and a trunk that goes from 627 liters in the PHEV version and reaches 772 liters in the rest, that is, a huge volume.

For every taste

The mechanical range also undergoes changes and although at the moment only three versions will be marketed, the most striking thing is the return of the 4.0-liter biturbo V8 to give life to the Cayenne S, generating 475 HP and 600 Nm to go from 0 to 100 km /h in 5 seconds and reach a top speed of 273 km/h.

Below is the 2.9-liter V6 that produces 353 HP and 500 Nm, improving the above by 13 HP, needing 6 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h and consuming 10.5 l/100 km. While the intermediate step is the phev that combines said V6 with another electric motor that has risen from 136 HP to 176 HP to jointly provide 470 HP and 650 Nm, needing 4.9 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h. Added to this is a larger battery that goes from 18 to 26 kWh, thus improving the electric range up to approximately 90 km. It can also be charged at 11 kW outlets, reducing the time.

A 911 made SUV

The mechanical changes are accompanied by a review of the suspension system. The new shock absorbers with 2-valve technology and, therefore, separate stages of compression and extension, allow, according to the brand, to improve comfort at low speed, agility in curves, and control of pitch and roll. Optionally, Porsche offers a new adaptive air suspension with two-chamber, two-valve technology. Added to this is the rear axle steering and a host of driving aids.

During the first contact, the units we tested were available with pneumatics, so we cannot make an assessment of the standard one, but the truth is that the behavior of the car remains impeccable, in the purest style of the 911. For this, the Cayenne It is surrounded by a list of elements such as rear-wheel steering, active stabilizers or super-precise steering. Everything to ensure that the sensations are as close as possible to the Nineonce and always keep a smile on your face. No matter what the scenario is: an open road, an urban area or, above all, a mountain road, the forcefulness that the Cayenne presents, both in acceleration and in quick shifts, giving the sensation of being on rails. at all times, transmitting astonishing security to the driver. In this sense, we were equally surprised by the throatier sound of the V6 engine than the V8.

But we also have a car perfectly suitable for off-roading because in addition to the all-wheel drive available in all versions, we are talking about a ground clearance of 21.2 cm in both propulsion units as well as attack, departure and ventral angles. of 25.2, 22.1 and 18.9 degrees.

Porsche Cayenne prices

There is less and less left for the Cayenne as we know it to be part of the past. In 2026 is when Porsche will show us its electric successor but until then we will continue enjoying this third generation that now with this update has been able to strengthen its few weak points and improve others such as electric autonomy.

However, like any self-respecting improvement, prices have also suffered a slight increase as the Stuttgart firm asks for 103,371 euros for the Cayenne, 107,327 euros for the Cayenne E-Hybrid and 124,593 euros for the Cayenne S. Rates at which there will be You have to add between 3,000 and 5,300 euros if you want to opt for the Coupé body.

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