2023 Porsche Cayenne makes public debut at Goodwood

The facelifted Porsche Cayenne has been renewed in every department, with prices starting from £67,400

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of the Cayenne for Porsche, with its flagship SUV finding well over a million customers to date and lifting the company from a financial slump in the early 2000s. The third-generation Cayenne was unveiled in 2017, so to give it a new lease of life before its all-electric replacement arrives it’s been given a substantial update for 2023. We've had our first look at Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The changes centre around new Taycan-inspired design elements inside and out, although there have also been meaningful chassis and powertrain revisions under the new skin. At the front, there’s a pair of Matrix LED headlights that bring the Cayenne into line with the firm’s electric saloon, with optional HD units offering superior road illumination and an active high beam.

The new headlights are set within a remoulded bonnet and front bumper, the latter featuring a neater front grille. There’s more Taycan influence at the rear, with a full-width tail-light bar and a restyled lower valance. The Cayenne doesn’t share its powertrain tech with its EV stablemate, though, with Porsche giving the SUV one last petrol-powered push.

The familiar 3-litre turbocharged V6 remains in the base Cayenne, albeit this time with power and torque boosted to 348bhp and 369lb ft – up by 13bhp and 37lb ft respectively. This updated unit forms the basis of the Cayenne E-Hybrid, which gets a power hike to 464bhp courtesy of the new engine and a more powerful 174bhp electric motor. The motor is fed by a significantly larger battery pack – up to 25.9kWh from 17.9kWh – for a longer 52-mile electric range, too. 

The Cayenne Turbo is no more for this generation, being effectively replaced by a twin-turbo V8-engined Cayenne S with improved outputs of 468bhp and 443lb ft. The thunderous Cayenne Turbo GT, which was an engineering marvel in its previous guise, will not be returning to Europe due to ever-tightening emissions regulations. 

Still, with GTS and Turbo S E-Hybrid models primed to join the line up later on, the range is set to be almost as expansive as before, and the new Cayenne features a tweaked chassis to go with the more powerful engines. Steel springs and new two-valve PASM dampers are standard fit, with two-chamber air suspension available as an option with the same damping technology. Porsche has focused on engineering greater breadth into the Cayenne’s ride and handling balance, with steeper character changes between the car’s Normal, Sport and Sport Plus drive modes. 

Inside, the new Cayenne debuts Porsche’s Driver Experience cockpit, which centres around a redesigned cabin architecture with more digital interfaces (although some physical HVAC controls remain on the centre console, which has been freed up by a dash-mounted gear selector). Drawing from the Taycan, there’s a digital 12.6-inch instrument panel behind the steering wheel, a 12.3-inch central infotainment touchscreen and, for the first time, an optional 10.9-inch passenger display to access media and video streaming. A directional viewing panel – similar to Jaguar Land Rover’s Dual View solution – prevents the driver from watching content on the move. 

Customers can order the new Cayenne now, for delivery in July 2023. With price uplifts across the board for the facelifted model (bearing in mind that the S has moved from a V6 to a V8), the Cayenne starts from £67,400, rising to £76,800 and £80,800 for the E-Hybrid and S models respectively. The Cayenne Coupe continues to carry a premium, starting from £70,300 in base form this time around.

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