2022 Porsche Cayenne may have a new plug-in hybrid variant – Report

Introduced in August 2017, the third-generation Porsche Cayenne (Porsche E3) turns four in a few months. An improved version is in the works, and the family will reportedly include a new Porsche Cayenne PHEV variant.

Exterior

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid front quarters
The incoming Porsche Cayenne will have different front and rear sections for a sharper look. Pictured is the current model. Image: Porsche

Spy photos published on motor1.com earlier this month showed the 2022 Porsche Cayenne featuring different design bits. Sticking to its new-formed traditions, Porsche is disguising Cayenne test mules with masking and faux plastic panels, but changes can be made out with keen eyes.

The 2022 Porsche Cayenne appears to have narrower headlamps with slimmer light modules inspired by those of the Taycan. The air intakes look new, and the same goes for the bumper. Changes at the rear will likely be more noticeable, with spy shots revealing the repositioning of the license plate to the portion below the tailgate in style similar to that of the present-day Cayenne Coupe. The new tailgate may carry a cleaner design with fewer cutouts and a smoother surface, and the tail lamps should feature new clusters.

Interior

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid interior dashboard
It’s about time Porsche embraced virtual instrument clusters for its gas-powered models (including hybrids). The company offers a semi-digital instrument cluster in the Cayenne. Image Source: Porsche

Inside, a big change in the 2022 Porsche Cayenne could be the shift to a fully digital instrument cluster, a feature Porsche has been prolonging on traditional vehicles. The company has conceded that customers are demanding a switch to a fully digital instrument cluster, explaining why it designed the Taycan with that feature from the outset. There’s no doubt that even the next-gen Porsche Macan (EV) due next year is getting the full digital display. Autocar reports that the gear selector will be replaced by the Porsche 911’s smaller unit, which some may find more confusing during initial use, as pointed out by Motor Authority.

New PHEV variant

Currently, the Porsche Cayenne PHEV is available in two flavors, E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid. Porsche upgraded both the plug-in hybrid models with a bigger battery pack in October last year. From a 14.1 kWh, the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid moved up to the 17.9 kWh battery. The bigger unit increased the Cayenne PHEV’s range by up to 30%. The Cayenne E-Hybrid can now cover up to 48 km (30 miles)* using only electric power. The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid’s range is now 42 km or (29 miles)*.

*WLTP rating

Porsche could expand the Cayenne PHEV line-up with the upcoming mid-cycle refresh. The British publication says in its report that there could be a new S E-Hybrid variant positioned between the E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid variants. The new variant could offer 552 hp of system power and around 30 miles of EV range (WLTP).

Future Porsche PHEVs to get 50-mile EV range

The Porsche Cayenne PHEV would be able to travel much longer solely on electric power in the future, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume hinted at the company’s annual press conference held in March. He said that Porsche would offer hybrid models with a range of over 50 miles without announcing a deadline.

When developing hybrids even further, we think into two directions. On the one hand, we focus on range-optimized vehicles that achieve a higher electric range with improved battery systems  – a range of more than 80 kilometers (50 miles)**. On the other hand, we are working on high-performance-oriented vehicles, for instance, on very sporty and high-performance hybridization of the 911 that we already know for motorsports.

Oliver Blume, CEO, Porsche

**Assumed to be a WLTP target

The new Cayenne will reach U.S. showrooms as an MY2022 car next year. The improved Cayenne E-Hybrid unveiled last year is now listed on the Porsche USA website.

2022 Porsche Cayenne PHEV FAQs

What is the 2022 Porsche Cayenne release date?

The improved Cayenne will likely go on sale in Europe & U.S. next year.

What will be the 2022 Porsche Cayenne PHEV price?

The base Cayenne PHEV could set customers back by around $83,000 in the United States.

What will be the new Porsche Cayenne PHEV EV range?

The new Cayenne PHEV will likely offer an EV range of around 50 miles.

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