Electric Porsche Cayenne rumors gather pace
Will the Cayenne be the next Porsche to go down the electric route?
The Taycan was the first all-electric new Porsche but the company said they're also going to electrify some existing models in the line-up - starting with the Macan - and rumour has it the Macan's big sister, the Cayenne, might be next in line.
Car magazine Autoweek recently reported that Stefan Weckbach, the engineer who helped build the Taycan, is now working on the Cayenne as head of development. The current Cayenne - the third generation - was launched in 2018, which means we can reasonably expect a mid-generation refresh in the next 16-24 months before the new model comes along.
Porsche already sells electrified versions of the Cayenne, including the range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid, powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 working in tandem with a small electric unit and the company said they want 90% of their global sales to be electrified vehicles by 2030. I'm assuming the 911 will be the last model to give up the combustion engine completely.
Furthermore, while the Macan will indeed only be available with electric units, it's possible that Porsche will initially sell an electric Cayenne alongside ICEs or PHEVs variants. Around two years ago, when I first met the current Head of PR for Porsche Italia, I asked him directly but he remained a bit cryptic. I kinda like the Cayenne, I'm probably the only car guy who's willing to say that out loud. And I might be the only petrolhead in the world who also appreciates the Macan. Anyone else? No? Okay.