People love the Porsche Cayenne. Sure, there was a long period where purists and snobs liked to bash it because it wasn’t a 911, but those days are largely gone. People now recognize that it is an incredibly well-engineered vehicle that is both fantastic to drive on the road and surprisingly capable off-road – Not that most people will ever do more than drive through a puddle – and on Monday Porsche announced a refresh for 2024 that promises to make the Cayenne even better.
While from the outside it may not seem like much has been done (Porsche is big on iteration rather than revolution), the truth is that this is a big boost to technology and performance and brings the Cayenne more in line with the 992-generation 911’s styling. There’s a lot to cover here, but my favorite is the reintroduction of a V8 engine to the Cayenne S model. Sure, it’s the company’s twin-turbo four-liter V8 that we’ve seen in everything from Audis to Lamborghinis, but it’s a fantastic engine, so we’re not complaining.
In S trim, it will produce a very smooth 468 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. The base Cayenne gets a single turbo V6 that makes 348 hp and 368 lb-ft, which isn’t terrible for a base model. The upper trim levels such as the Turbo and GT see power numbers dip well into the 600s, and of course there will be hybrid models, both for performance and efficiency.
The interior also gets a cracking update. Porsche moved the gear from the console to the dashboard and has turned most of the dashboard into a series of screens – a 12.6-inch curved screen for the driver, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen and an optional 10.9-inch passenger screen, which gives passengers access to watch videos. The driver can not see what the passengerr looks either because of a special coating on the screen and keep it all legal. When it comes to the dash layout etc, think Taycan and you’re most of the way.
Porsche is also adding some new advanced driver assistance (ADAS) features to the SUV, including Active Speed Limit Assist, which will adjust your speed based on traffic sign information, and Avoidance Assist, which will help with emergency maneuvers between 31 and 93 mph. There’s also turn assist that keeps an eye on oncoming traffic when you’re trying to turn left, and as long as you’re crawling at 6 mph or less, it’ll brake if it detects the potential for a crash.
Our other favorite thing about the 2024 Porsche Cayenne – apart from the V8 – is the decision by Stuttgart to make a lot more standard equipment. Porsche is known for its super barebones base models that then make even some basic features optional. Some people like this approach because it allows for more customization, while others feel that Porsche nickel-and-dims them.
Standard equipment for the Cayenne base now includes LED headlights, Porsche Active Suspension Management, 20-inch wheels, lane departure assist, lane keep assist, comfort access keyless entry and a smartphone drawer with 15-watt wireless charging. Sounds cool, right? The catch is that the base price jumps by a significant amount. The base 2023 Cayenne retails for $73,650, including a $1,450 destination charge. The 2024 model will start at $80,850, including a new destination charge of $1,650. So, more standard stuff, but you pay for it somehow.
The 2024 Porsche Cayenne is available for order now and is expected to hit dealerships this summer. Keep an eye on Jalopnik too, because we’ll be driving it in a few weeks, and I suspect we’ll have a lot to say about the experience.