Porsche adds luxury and performance to new Cayenne

Porsche has fundamentally overhauled the third generation of the Cayenne, with comprehensive changes to the powertrain, chassis, design and equipment. This has further extended on-road and off-road performance, and luxurious everyday comfort.

The new model debuts with a digitally-focused display and control concept, new chassis technology and innovative high-tech features. Optional high-definition HD matrix LED headlights provide road illumination tailored to every driving situation for example.

An air quality system filters pollutants from the air in the interior, while the Porsche Driver Experience, first introduced in the Taycan, focuses on the driver’s axis and optimises operation, with key functions next to the steering wheel.

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The automatic transmission selector lever is now on the dashboard too, making 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 to ensure optimum operability and a refined look. The redesigned cockpit includes a fully digital 12.6-inch instrument cluster.

It sports a curved and free-standing design and variable display options. An optimised head-up display is standard, and there’s a 12.3-inch central infotainment system, with native Spotify and Apple Music.

An optional 10.9-inch display is now available for the first time for the passenger side. This enriches the front passenger’s experience by displaying performance data and providing separate access to the infotainment system controls.

A special film across the screen ensures that the driver cannot see this display while driving. Cool tech aside though, it’s the expressive appearance of the new Porsche Cayenne that will make it stand out from the crowd.

A new front end combined with more strongly arched wings, a new bonnet and technically appealing headlights emphasises the vehicle’s width. Three-dimensionally designed tail lights, uncluttered surfaces beneath and a new rear apron characterise the rear end.

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Inside the 2023 Porsche Cayenne (overseas model shown)

An expanded colour palette with three new optional colours, lightweight sports packages, and a new extensive range of 20, 21, and 22-inch wheels make it possible to individually and dynamically configure the new Cayenne too.

On the road, steel spring suspension is paired with Porsche Active Suspension Management, while new shock absorbers with 2-valve technology provide separate rebound and compression stages, allowing optimised performance in all driving situations.

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 as well.

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.

In Australia, the new Cayenne debuts with three different engines. A refined version of the 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine sits under the hood in the Cayenne S, offering 349KW and 600Nm. Both the SUV and the SUV Coupé accelerate to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds.

The entry level Cayenne comes with an optimised 3.0-litre V6 turbo engine delivering 260kW and 500Nm, with the same motor forming the basis for the powertrain of the Cayenne E-Hybrid (346kW).

The Turbo GT is designed for maximum on-road performance and remains the top model in the range. It is available exclusively as a coupé and provides 485kW of power from its 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine. It sprints to 100km/h in 3.3 seconds.

The new Cayenne is available to order now, with deliveries starting from Q3, 2023. Pricing starts from $140,200 for the base model SUV (Coupé from $148,200). The E-Hybrid starts at $155,900 (Coupé from $161,600).

The Cayenne S starts at $181,000 (Coupé from $190,000). At the top of the range, the Turbo GT starts at $366,200. All prices are plus on-roads. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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