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.

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Comments (3)

  • Porsche ๐Ÿ˜... EV ๐Ÿคฎ... Porsche ๐Ÿ˜... EV๐Ÿคฎ... I can't make my mind....

      1 month ago
  • Porsche Taycenne? ๐Ÿ˜œ I just hope they'd work more towards efficiency with this one, because it's a family car and it needs better range.

      1 month ago
  • After much munching on humble pie, I'm coming to the conclusion that it is people like Porsche who have picked up the baton from Tesla when it comes to swinging public opinion. Certainly, Tesla set the ball rolling and still leads the pack for numbers sold, but that a universally respected brand like Porsche has taken the decision to go electric (not hybrid, not hydrogen), and is selling more of them than their conventional designs, and is now spreading its EV wings, 'proves' at a very subliminal level that EV is the clever way to go. They aren't some 'Jonny Come Lately', new to the car business. They are a proper, historically significant, modern high tech and respected manufacturer. If THEY are going EV, and Ford are going EV, then it MUST make sense! Thus goes my analysis of the driving forces behind this EV revolution.

      1 month ago