Porsche bumps battery capacity, charging speed for 2024 Cayenne hybrid
At the end of March, we got our first look at the interior of the refreshed Porsche Cayenne. The midlife update for model-year 2024 was notable because Porsche has put some buttons and other physical controls back where they belong, after the all-touchscreen dalliance that is the Taycan electric car. This evening, the German automaker showed off the rest of the 2024 Cayenne and released some technical details, including what sounds like a decent upgrade to the plug-in hybrid version.
As is normally the case with a midlife update, there’s new styling for the Cayenne front end that in this case includes new headlight clusters as well as a new front bumper and hood. The taillights and rear fascia are also new, and Porsche has added three new colors, including a pair of metallic blues.
There have been some more significant changes under the skin of the Cayenne E-Hybrid, the plug-in variant that for 2024 will start at $91,700.
There’s a new, more powerful electric motor and larger capacity battery pack than the ones found in the Cayenne E-Hybrid we tested in 2019. Electric power has increased 30 percent, from 134 hp (100 kW) to 174 hp (130 kW), and battery capacity increases from a gross capacity of 17.9 kWh to 25.9 kWh.
And that battery charges faster when plugged in, thanks to a more powerful 11 kW onboard inverter that reduces charging time to as little as 2.5 hours.
This should see a meaningful bump in the Cayenne E-Hybrid’s electric-only range, which was about 22 miles (35 km) when we tested a 2019 model. An official EPA electric-only range, as well as other fuel economy data, should be available closer to the Cayenne’s arrival this summer.
The E-Hybrid’s V6 engine has also been tweaked a little and now generates 348 hp (260 kW) and 368 lb-ft (499 Nm). The combined output is 463 hp (345 kW). The revised V6 is also found in the standard Cayenne, which starts at $79,200. But the V6 is absent from the refreshed Cayenne S (starting at $97,500)—instead, this model uses a twin-turbo V8 again.
All three models—Cayenne, Cayenne S, and Cayenne E-Hybrid—should be more comfortable SUVs now, as Porsche is fitting new two-valve dampers as standard.
Sadly, the top-spec Cayenne is no longer the bonkers Turbo S E-Hybrid that so amused us back in 2020—now that honor goes to the not-at-all-hybrid Turbo GT.