“I’m in Southern California driving the new 2024 Porsche Cayenne. This luxury SUV has undergone one of the most extensive product upgrades in the history of Porsche and it affects nearly all aspects of the vehicle.”

There are tons of meaningful changes to its design, in-car technology, powertrain, and chassis. And you may notice there’s some Taycan and 911 DNA in the new 2024 Porsche Cayenne- just the right amounts to still make it stand apart. Which is a spot on move for Porsche.

The Porsche Cayenne has evolved tremendously since it first debuted in 2002. And this third generation may just be the best version of itself. Its redesigned cockpit includes a digital 12.6-inch instrument cluster with a curved design. Flowing seamlessly into the new dashboard, is a standard 12.3-inch digital display. The combination is elegant, modern and practical.

A new multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles includes a new drive mode switch. Plus, there’s a new gear selector. The climate control panel is also new. All in all, it seems like there’s just the right balance between digital and analog elements inside the new Cayenne.

I’m now in the passenger seat and my drive partner is behind the wheel. For added bragging rights, this option is a must…

“If you really want to be the envy of all your friends, for the first time, take a look at this A 10.9-inch display it provides performance data, separate access to the infotainment controls and you can even stream video. Your passenger will definitely thank you for it!”

There’s even a special layer on the screen to make sure the display is hidden from the driver.

Outside, the new Cayenne’s exterior design includes substantial changes to almost every panel which overall gives it a sharper, more athletic look, which is great.

The Cayenne, Cayenne S, and Cayenne E-Hybrid models come standard with new shock absorbers with two-valve technology, with separate rebound and compression stages, which means optimized performance in all driving situations which helps boost your confidence behind the wheel. The driving experience can be enhanced even more using the new optional adaptive air suspension which is standard on the Cayenne Turbo GT.

“During my last five years at MotorWeek, I have driven a few different Cayenne variants, and I can feel how the powertrain and chassis upgrades improve the ride for 2024. It feels more refined, luxurious and comfortable overall and I especially noticed that when driving through town and while driving on windy canyon roads, especially when it came to body roll there was very little.”

As far as engines, there are three different ones for 2024. An extensively refined twin-turbo four-liter V8 engine replaces the previous V6 engine in the new Cayenne S. It makes 468 horsepower and 442 pound feet of torque.

The standard Cayenne comes with a three-liter V6 single-turbo engine generating 348 horsepower and 368 pound feet of torque. This six-cylinder engine also forms the basis for the powertrain of the Cayenne E-Hybrid. In combination with a new electric motor, output increases to 463 horsepower. Thanks in part to its new battery which is 45% bigger this model year. Porsche says the Cayenne E-Hybrid will easily handle the average U.S. daily commute on purely electric which means a driver will only need to fill up with gas once a week.

For 2024, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT is faster than ever. A twin-turbo four-liter V8 produces 650 horsepower. Offered exclusively as a Coupe, its 0-60 time is an impressive 3.1 seconds, onto a top speed of 189 miles per hour.

Just when you thought the Porsche Cayenne couldn’t get any better it did! But there’s a price to pay for all the extensive changes. The 2024 Porsche Cayenne starts at around 80-thousand dollars. It’s available to order now and expected to arrive in dealer showrooms starting this summer. We will have much more on the 2024 Porsche Cayenne soon on MotorWeek.