Michael Schatzle, Vice President of the Cayenne product line at Porsche, says that the refreshed Cayenne “is one of the most extensive product upgrades in the history of Porsche.”
It’s not hard to guess why Porsche has made such a claim. This new Cayenne, launched here in Singapore at Warehouse Hotel, can be hard to tell apart from the older model.
But look a little closer and you’ll find many changes indeed.
The easiest change to spot is the car’s new headlights. Now Matrix LED items as standard (HD Matrix head lights are available as an option), these now more prominently feature a quad-module design, a touch also seen on models including the 911 and the Taycan.
Not quite as easy to spot is the fact that this new Cayenne has received a new front bumper, a new bonnet, wings that have been re-profiled so they get a more prominent arch, plus a new tailgate that has been decluttered now that the licence plate has moved to the rear bumper.
Under all this body work are additional changes done to the chassis of the Cayenne.
The premium SUV now gets new dampers with two-valve technology, which Porsche says has raised vehicle comfort at slow speeds while raising handling during dynamic cornering.
Customers here will be able to opt for adaptive air suspension, which also has been updated with two-chamber, two-valve technology for better handling and comfort.
Inside, you’ll spot another new link with the Taycan – the cabin of the SUV now comes with the Porsche Driver Experience cabin display and control architecture.
This architecture houses a 12.6-inch free-standing and gently curved instrument cluster, alongside the 12.3-inch Porsche Communication Management infotainment system complete with native apps that include Spotify and Apple Music.
Customers can additionally specify their SUV with a 10.9-inch display for the front passenger side that can display performance data or offer separate access to the infotainment system controls. The transmission selector lever also now sits on the dashboard in this Cayenne, freeing up space in the centre console for storage.
The Cayenne is available here with a 349bhp 3-litre V6. Those that want more power will also be able to opt for the Cayenne S, which comes with a 468bhp 4-litre V8.
Plug-in hybrid options available include the Cayenne E-Hybrid, which pairs a 3-litre V6 with an electric motor to deliver a system total of 464bhp.
Also available here is the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which also has a 3-litre V6 paired to an electric motor, delivering a system total of 512bhp. Both plug-in hybrid variants utilise a 25.9kWh battery and offer an all-electric range of 90km.
The Singapore line-up available is currently led by the Turbo E-Hybrid. This variant gets a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 paired to a 174bhp electric motor to produce a system total of 730bhp.
These variants are available with either the SUV or coupe body style. That said, the Turbo E-Hybrid is also available with a GT Package, which is only available with the coupe body.
Said GT Package adds additional black accents at the front, black wheel arch extensions, carbon sideplates on its roof spoiler, as well as a centrally positioned titanium exhaust system from the Cayenne Turbo GT, housed within a carbon rear diffuser.
The GT Package also lowers the ride height of the SUV by 10mm, and adds on the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake system alongside all-wheel steering.
Prices start from $397,588 without COE.