These days all carmakers are focused on SUVs due to their ever-growing demand in the market. However, many critiques say that such cars are neither fun to drive nor sporty. To change such perspectives, Porsche launched the Cayenne, which primely focused on the word “Sport” in the SUV nomenclature. 

Now with the 2021 Porsche Cayenne, the performance-focused automaker is all set to take its game up a notch. Its e- hybrid and turbo S e-hybrid trims become one of the best performing SUVs in its segment or, arguably, the best. Scoring high on the Sports and Utility aspect of an SUV, its time to see how well 2021 can score on other aspects as well. 

What’s New?

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne will be similar to the 2020 model. Significant changes will include a new exhaust system and relocation of the rear diffusers along with some minor changes in the drivetrain. Porsche could bring the new GTS trim to the Cayenne as well this time, which will be more track-focused.

Price

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne is expected to be priced between $69,000 to $168,000. The 2021 Cayenne Coupe Turbo GT will be rated even higher. However, it will still offer better value for money than its main rival, the Lamborghini Urus, for which the pricing starts from $200,000, excluding any optional packages. 

Release Date

The 2021 model of the Cayenne is expected to be revealed in the fall of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it could get delayed, and the launch would be done online instead of the usual offline start.

Engine and Performance

With the 2021 Cayenne being focused on sportier performance, the whole line-up would inevitably be receiving only potent engine options. There will be at least two engine options. The standard gasoline will be a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 from the 2020 model, which produces 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. This Porsche will also offer a more powerful twin-charged 4.0 liter V8 in the new 2021 Porsche Cayenne. It is rumored to produce around a massive 800 bhp of power. However, how much the myths will be true, only time will tell. Both engine options will certainly be adequate to take on city life and highway cruise. 

2021 Porsche Cayanne could get a GTS variant

It will be paired to the same 8-speed Automatic Transmission from the 2020 Cayenne. It is a slick-shifting unit, and putting the car in sports mode makes its response even honed to take on the race tracks. The Cayenne currently comes in the Hybrid setup as well. Introduced in 2020 itself, the Turbo S E-Hybrid trim comes with a powerful V8 engine.

Porsche is not supposed to make any changes to the Hybrid powertrain as well for the 2021 model year. Overall, there would not be many changes in terms of the engine unit, but Porsche will make sure you would not be dissatisfied in terms of performance.

Models

Porsche Cayenne*

Audi Q8*

BMW X5*

Maserati Levante

MSRP

$69,000 (Expected)

$67,400

$60,700

$75,980

Engine

3.0-liter V-6

3.0L twin-turbo V6

3.0L twin-turbo inline 6

3.0L twin-turbo V6

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

Power (hp)

335

335

 

335

345

Torque (lb-ft)

332

369

330

369

*2020 Model Year specs used for comparison purposes only

The ride and handling of the Cayenne have always been refined. Hence the 2021 model will be getting the same suspension set up. While being an SUV, the Cayenne remains tight even around the sharp corner, and the body roll is fair. The ride, on the other hand, might be a bit harsh for some due to the sports-oriented setup. Going for the air suspension will help you reduce the nose dive and body roll even further. The rear spoiler opens up just above 50mph, reminding you how huge this SUV is.

The BMW X5 is its real competitor in terms of the ride and handling and offers one of the best packages if you like a sporty ride. While the Maserati Levante is the most powerful SUV in this comparison, the Cayenne manages to beat it easily in the 0-60 mph sprint by taking just 3.4 seconds compared to Levante’s 5.1 seconds.

Fuel Economy

While some might think that a performance SUV can never be good at providing excellent fuel efficiency, Cayenne tries to prove it differently. The current model offers the best in class fuel efficiency, which has been the reason for its sales progress as well. The gas engines can give up to 20 miles per gallon, which is surely not bad for an SUV like the 2021 Porsche Cayenne. 

Models

Porsche Cayenne*

Audi Q8*

BMW X5*

Maserati Levante

MPG (City)

25*

17

20

16.2

MPG (Highway)

35*

22

26

24

MPG (Combined)

30

19

22

20.2

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

23.7

22.5

21.9

21.1

*2020 Model Year specs used for comparison purposes only

On the other hand, the hybrid models can give up to 20- 40 mpg when operated on battery entirely. The 2021 Porsche Cayenne is simply the most fuel-efficient car in its segment. With the Hybrid set up for the 2021 model, you can expect even better fuel efficiency. This truly makes the Cayenne and economical performance SUV, which will be light on the pocket to run.

Both engine options will be well optimized to give good fuel ratings. If you do not care much about the fuel efficiency, then the Audi Q8 and the Maserati Levante will keep you happy in terms of performance.

How is the interior has changed for 2021? 

Porsches have always been very opulent places to be in, and things will be no different with the new 2021 Cayenne. Being a German car, it would offer an excellent fit and finish. As there won’t be many changes done on the inside, the 2021 model will get the same dashboard layout and features. Overall visibility from inside the cabin is excellent, but nothing to talk home about. The seats, however, are pretty supportive and provide ample cushioning even for undertaking long journeys.

2021 Porsche Cayenne will receive minor interior tweaks 

The cabin feels spacious but not as roomy as some of its opponents. Everything feels top of the line and exorbitant. The Cayenne offers a certain level of warmth and finesse that many other rivals cannot match. Overall the cabin is all about making a statement while seating you in utmost comfort even while plying through bad or broken roads.

Models

Porsche Cayenne*

Audi Q8*

BMW X5*

Maserati Levante

Seating Capacity

5/4

5

5

5

Front Row

N/A

40/58.1/37.4 40/58.1/37.4

39.2/57.8/44.3

Rear Row

N/A

39.2/57.8/44.3

40/58.1/37.4

37.8/56.9/38.3

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

22

30.630.5

33.533.4

20.5

*2020 Model Year specs used for comparison purposes only

With the powered adjustable seats, it is easy to find a comfortable as well as the sporty position and feel like you are sitting in a 911. The ergonomics are well-sorted, and the cockpit-style controls add to the sport touch. All SUVs in this class offer excellent fit and finish, but the Audi Q8 feels the most tech-laden. On the other hand, the 2021 Levante provides the best materials and feels the most luxurious. 

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne received a redesigned infotainment system, which is expected to be carried over to the 2021 model. The touchscreen is big enough and sits right in the middle with its driver-focused orientation. It offers one of the best features, and the interface is buttery smooth with easy and user-friendly controls. However, it does catch dust and smudges easily. The optional Bose and Burmester sound system offer excellent audio quality for the audiophiles out there.

  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Remote CD compatible
  • Premium amplifier
  • 1455W premium amplifier
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Primary monitor touchscreen

What is new on the exterior?

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne will come with the same exterior design as of the 2020 model which features a swoopy coupe-like roofline. With its smooth flow of lines and creases, the Cayenne looks quite sporty. The squat stance helps it look apart and the front gets the typical elegant Porsche look. It does look a bit aggressive but not as much as some of its rivals. The dual rear spoilers and a centralized exhaust system give away the fact that it is no normal SUV. It takes many exterior design clues from the more popular Porsche 911.

2021 Porsche Cayenne gets slight visual updates

The Cayenne is not a car that has come a long way since its inception in terms of design but Porche has added many modern and sharp touches to keep up with the times. Porsche has stuck to its age-old design language which is not very polarising. 

Models

Porsche Cayenne*

Audi Q8*

BMW X5*

Maserati Levante

Curb Weight (lb)

4377

4,938

4,813

3060

Length (inches)

193.7

196.6

194.3

197

Width (inches)

86.4

86.2

78.9

85

Height (inches)

66.8

67.2

69

66.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.2

5.75

8.7

8

Wheelbase (inches)

114

117.9

111.8

118.3

The current Cayenne offers a boot space of just 27.1 cubic feet, smaller than the cargo volume of many compact crossovers. However, With the 40/20/40-split rear seats, you can get about 60.3 cubic feet of cargo space. The boot is practically laid out, and the air suspension lowers the car for hauling in luggage more easily.

Safety

Judging how safe the 2021 Porsche Cayenne will be is going to be as robust as the current model. It is yet to be tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS. However, it does get all the advanced safety features that a customer expects at its price point.

Some standard safety features are front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing wipers. We suggest you opt for the driver assistance package, which gets you adaptive headlights, blind-spot monitoring, and a surround-view parking camera system.

Some other safety features are:

  • Head-up display
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Night vision assist
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control.

What should you expect from the 2021 Porsche Cayenne?

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne has the potential to be a nearly perfect car for buyers looking for a performance-oriented SUV. Even though it would not be coming with a lot of change, it would offer excellent performance for the price it comes at and can easily rival cars which are much more expensive. While being sporty, Porsche has also taken care that the SUV is comfortable as well. Hence if you are in the segment to buy an economical performance-oriented luxury SUV and do not want to burn a hole in your pocket, it will be worth waiting for the 2021 Porsche Cayenne.

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FAQs

How will the 2021 Porsche Cayenne be launched?

Looking at the current situation of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we expect the 2021 Cayenne to be launched online, like many other cars of the 2021 model year.

What is the current warranty on the Porsche Cayenne?

The standard warranty cover includes a 4-year or 50,000-mile overall and 2-year warranty covering genuine Porsche parts, exchange parts, and accessories.

Where will the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid be built?

The current Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is built in Slovakia, and the same shall be true for the 2021 model.

How is the performance of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid?

The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is known for its more powerful engine option for better performance. Along with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine and an electric motor, the trim gets dynamic chassis control and torque vectoring system. It is certainly quite a good performer.

Will the 2021 Porsche Cayenne be an all-rounder?

It will certainly offer an engaging driving experience with top-notch safety and interiors along with a comfortable ride. However, it is no perfect car as it falls short on cargo space and some trims can be expensive.