2025 Porsche Cayenne likely to offer pure EV variant – Report [Update]

While the Cayenne receives a facelift next year, reports have begun speculating on the new model, the fourth-generation 2025 Porsche Cayenne which could arrive towards the end of 2024.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid front quarters
The Cayenne is already available as a PHEV, and the facelift and next-gen model will offer an improved electric range. Image: Porsche

According to a report from Auto Week that was published in April, the big news is a pure EV variant on the 2025 Cayenne. Auto Week said that the former chief of the Taycan project, Stefan Weckbach, is moving to take charge of the Cayenne project. It was seen as an indicator that an EV is in the pipeline as part of the renewal of Porsche’s best-seller, which in its fourth year on the market, posted a 12 percent sales increase, with 62,451 units delivered (January-September 2021).

This would also be in line with Porsche’s strategy announced on March 19, 2021, during its earnings report. The brand said that it would target a CO2 neutral balance for 2030, which involves many initiatives and investments, and the notable ones are that in 2025, half of all new Porsche vehicles sold will have an electric motor, and in 2030 more than 80% of new vehicles will be electric. For reference, 40 percent of Porsches delivered in Europe this year were full or partial electric (PHEV).

2025 Porsche Cayenne to use PPE with SSP modules?

2019 Porsche Macan testing
The first member on the PPE platform will be the new e-Macan, which will debut in 2022. Could Porsche extend the power of choice to the Cayenne family offering BEV and ICE versions in 2025? Image: Porsche

There’s little doubt that the electric 2025 Porsche Cayenne (if indeed is in the pipeline) would ride on the PPE (Premium platform electric) architecture jointly developed with Audi. The first user of the new BEV architecture will be the Porsche Macan EV which will debut in 2022 and co-exist with its combustion counterpart. The platform will also generate the Audi Q6 e-tron, a mechanical cousin to the electric Macan.

If Porsche goes for the PPE platform as expected, it would launch the Cayenne electric with two motors. In the other electric models that Porsche develops on an in-house platform instead of PPE, the company could employ more motors to replicate the dynamic driving experience of equivalent ICE Porsches. “We have different designs, different motors,” Dr. Frank Walliser told Road & Track. “We might have one, two, three or four motors in the car,” the man tasked with the responsibility for the star Porsche models 911 and 718 said. Walliser was referring to the future two-door electric Porsches when discussung potential tri-motor and quad-motor models, not an SUV.

According to Audi, the PPE is similar to the parent VW Group’s MEB but allows greater performance parameters and outputs. Significantly, the PPE supports up to 800V and can allow for 270 kW fast charging. A rear-mounted electric motor is standard, and a second motor for the front axle with AWD capability will be on offer as an option. Torque vectoring, all-wheel steering, air suspension system, and a low floor height for greater interior packaging are other key points of the PPE as outlined by Audi.

SSP platform strategy
The Porsche Cayenne EV could borrow select SSP platform modules, and the Cayenne Coupe body style is more suited for full-electrification. Image Source: YouTube/Volkswagen News

There is media speculation that the Porsche Cayenne EV could be technically related to the first Audi Artemis project. If true, like the Audi model, it could make use of select SSP platform modules. After all, the SSP is the successor to the PPE platform. Project Artemis, arriving in 2025, will use significant SSP modules, and it will be the first model to do so.

A slide of Markus Duesmann’s presentation from the New Auto event in July 2021 (above) shows how Volkswagen Group plans to use the modules of the Audi Artemis in other models, including Porsche EVs. Duesmann is the CEO of Audi, but he is also responsible for R&D at the parent company.

Production

In November 2020, Volkswagen Group announced that from 2024 it will make three new premium D-SUV models at the Hannover commercial vehicle plant – one of them reportedly the Porsche Cayenne EV. But German auto magazine Automobilwoche has revealed in a recent report that Porsche does not want production at the Hannover location, and prefers a tried and tested Cayenne plant. CEO Oliver Blume isn’t keen on getting a jointly-produced model from the Hannover factory. Porsche’s most preferred production site is Volkswagen’s Bratislava plant, the production site of the current Cayenne.

Citing a report from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Mitteldetusche Zeitung (MZ) reported on November 30, 2021, that Porsche will build a third model at its Leipzig factory in Germany. According to MZ’s intel, it will likely be the successor to the Cayenne. Originally, Porsche was to source it from Hannover, but changed its mind to favor in-house production. In addition to improved capacity utilization in Leipzig, it’s also about perceived product quality among customers.

Recently, the American media has reported on the development of a future three-row flagship Porsche SUV which is expected with a PHEV system.

We should hear more about the electric 2025 Porsche Cayenne next year.

2025 Porsche Cayenne FAQs

What is the release date of the purported Porsche Cayenne EV?

The 2025 Porsche Cayenne is likely to debut in the second half of 2024.

What are the rivals to the 2025 Porsche Cayenne?

Key rivals will include the Mercedes EQS SUV and the upcoming electric Range Rover.

What is the price of the 2025 Porsche Cayenne EV?

Prices for the Porsche Cayenne electric should start from about USD 90,000.

Featured image: A sketch of the Porsche Cayenne, courtesy Porsche