With the Porsche Cayenne, the Stuttgart-based brand brings to the mid-size SUV class a unique mix of high performance, sports appearance and high-quality and high-tech cabin. The model offers diverse powertrain options including turbocharged V-6 and V-8 engines plus the plug-in hybrid system combined with unmatched handling. The model also offers various performance upgrades and top-notch tech features. Porsche introduced also the coupe-like version for the 2020 model year. The current generation Cayenne debuted as the 2019 version. The 2021 Porsche Cayenne should come with no significant changes.
There are no signs that there will be significant upgrades. Some reports indicate that next Cayenne could introduce new more potent versions but there hasn’t been confirmation from Porsche yet. The current range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid is a great mix of high-performance and efficiency but the third-generation Cayenne lacks the GTS and Turbo S versions available in the previous iteration.
Porsche hinted, however, recently that it could build an all-electric Cayenne in the future as it will be the case with the next-generation Macan. The brand is still weighing the decision about the fully electric Cayenne and if it appears it would be toward the mid of the next decade.
2021 Porsche Cayenne: Design
The 2021 Porsche Cayenne won’t bring a radical design or structural changes. Redesigned for the 2019 model year the Cayenne is fresh in every respect and even next mid-update should bring modest styling modifications. The shape and styling of the model have changed evolutionary over three generations but with significant structural upgrades. The current version is based on the ubiquitous VW Group MLB platform.
The next Cayenne will again appear in two body styles with various enhancements in each trim. Both conventional and coupe-like version ride on the same wheelbase and has the same length while the Cayenne Coupe trades some of the rear-seat comforts for the sportier appearance.
The model will come with the 19-inch wheels and LED headlights in the base trim while there will be 20- and 21-inch options in the upper grades. Available performance upgrades will also impact the model’s appearance. Porsche will also offer new color options and if new more potent versions appear, they will get unique styling tweaks.
While the styling of the model hasn’t changed drastically over the years, the interior benefits from radical improvements in all aspects. The newest Cayenne is one of the techiest and most sophisticated models on the road and has most controls digitalized.
The 2021 Porsche Cayenne will come with a large 10.4-inch touchscreen, navigation, 10 speakers, smartphone compatibility, partial leather upholstery, HD radio and more from the base version. All variants will also get forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, etc.
The upper grades will add more power and more premium features. Available will be a sunroof, power steering wheel, leather upholstery, upgraded seats, air suspension, heated both rows, etc. Buyers will also be able to get lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, surround-vision cameras, all seats ventilated, Burmester sound system, rear-seat entertainment and much more.
2021 Porsche Cayenne: Performance
The 2021 Porsche Cayenne will return with the familiar turbocharged V-6 and V-8 engines and plug-in hybrid setup. Some reports suggest an introduction of the new version with the 641-hp twin-turbo V-8 engine from the mighty Urus SUV but Porsche hasn’t yet hinted that possibility.
In any case, even the base Cayenne will provide sufficient power from the turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine. This unit will pack 335 hp and torque of 332 pound-feet.
The next level performance will deliver the Cayenne S with the 2.9-liter turbo V-6 under the hood. This engine will pump out 434 hp and torque of 406 pound-feet.
The E-Hybrid version will mix a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine and electric motor for the combined 455 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque.
The Cayenne Turbo will switch to the turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine delivering 541 hp and peak torque of 561 pound-feet.
The sophisticated Turbo S E-Hybrid will employ a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 assisted by the 134-hp electric motor to get a total of 670 hp and 663 pound-feet of torque.
No matter what engine is under the hood it will come with the 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system capable of splitting power between the front and rear wheels.
2021 Porsche Cayenne: Release, Price
The mighty 2021 Porsche Cayenne will go on sale in late 2020. The price range should start around $67, 000. The plug-in hybrid versions will start above $160,000.