The current generation of this hi-performance crossover has been around for just a couple of years. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t see interesting novelties in the 2021 Porsche Cayenne model. As we have seen, the 2020 model year has brought a new body style in the offer. The famous SUV is now available in a coupe version and it looks really amazing. Big novelties are coming for the next year as well. This time, they will come under the hood.
The test mule of the new version has been spotted on the road a couple of times. Although the company keeps details as secret, the new version will most likely come as the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GT, which will fill the gap in the current lineup and slot in between Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo Models. We expect this version will hit the market by the end of the year.
2021 Porsche Cayenne GT
The 2021 Porsche Cayenne GT will be a new version of the popular luxury SUV and it looks like it will be offered exclusively in the coupe version. We count on several upgrades. First of all, there is the engine. Allegedly, it will most likely feature a 4.0-liter V8, with a max output of 454 horsepower. Of course, it will come in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission. The rest of the vehicle will come with novelties as well. From what we can see on the test mule, the new version is likely to mimic the GT version of the legendary 911. That would mean a couple of interesting teaks, starting from new exhaust pipes, new rear wing, bigger brakes etc. From the inside, we don’t expect to see too many different things compared to the rest of the lineup, though a couple of exclusive features are possible.
2021 Porsche Cayenne Engines
The rest of the lineup will continue in the same ways. That would mean three more gasoline engines in the offer. The base model comes with a familiar 3.0-liter V6, which puts out around 335 horsepower. Driving dynamics are more than decent, but the real fun starts with the S model, which features Porsche’s well-known 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. This engine is good for about 434 horsepower. The new GT model will sit above it, while the Cayenne Turbo will continue to be on the top of the offer. This version will carry on in the same way, with a familiar 4.0-liter V8 that delivers around 541 horsepower.
A plug-in hybrid version has been added with the recent redesign and we don’t expect things will change too much for the next year. This means you may count on the same combination of a twin-turbo V6 and electric motor, for a total output of quite impressive 455 horsepower.
Other than the new GT version, things are about to remain pretty much the same in the 2021 Porsche Cayenne. Therefore, we count on the same interior design, which is characterized by a pretty generous amount of space. Both rows offer more than enough legroom for taller passengers, while the headroom seems decent as well. Even the Coupe model seems okay in this aspect, as the rear seats have been lowered for about an inch.
When it comes to the interior design and overall quality, you may count on a typical Porsche layout. That means there is a choice of numerous interior combinations and in all cases, the overall interior quality is impressive. At the same time, Porsche manages to keep things simple, so you won’t find too many flashy details on the dashboard, but rather a genuine sports car layout.
The cargo volume definitely isn’t a strong point of this crossover. You may count on about 27 cubic feet behind the second row, while the overall capacity goes around 60 cubic feet. The Coupe version reduces the capacity for 5 more inches.
Tech and Safety Features
When it comes to standard tech features, base models already come equipped pretty well. A large 12.3-inch touchscreen is standard, as well as things like satellite radio, navigation, four USB ports, and a 10-speaker sound system. Interestingly, Apple CarPlay comes standard, but there is no support for Android Auto. On the list of options, you can find things like a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, a 21-speaker Burmester surround-sound system, a panoramic roof, quad-zone automatic climate control, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
When it comes to safety features, the list of standard equipment includes things like front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The list of options is much longer and includes things like adaptive headlights, blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera system, a head-up display, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, night vision assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and more.