In a few months, the third-gen Cayenne will be given a facelift, but there are reports already circulating about the fourth-gen all-electric Porsche Cayenne. According to an Autocar report, the first Porsche Cayenne Electric could be available in 2026.
2026 Porsche Cayenne Electric Review
Oliver Blume, Porsche’s CEO, announced that the 718 EV would arrive by the middle of 2023 at the Annual Media Conference 2023. This announcement was made after the company had confirmed the launch of the Cayenne EV during its 2022 Capital Markets Day, July 18, 2022. This development was already being reported in the media.
Autoweek published a report in April 2021 that stated that the major news was a pure EV variant of the 2026 Cayenne. Autoweek reported that Stefan Weckbach, Taycan series manager, was moving to assume control of the Cayenne project. This was interpreted as a sign that an EV is being planned as part of the renewal.
This would align with Porsche’s 2021 strategy, which was announced during its earnings report on March 19, 2021. According to Porsche, the brand will strive for a CO2-neutral balance by 2030. This involves many initiatives and investments. Notable ones include that half of all new Porsche cars will come with an electric motor in 2025 and that more than 80% will be electric in 2030. Referring to the numbers, 40% of Porsches sold in Europe in 2021 had a full- or partial-electric motor (PHEV).
Michael Steiner, R&D chief at the company, said during his presentation at Porsche 2022 Capital Markets Day, that a battery-powered Cayenne was in the works and will share the PPE platform as the Porsche Macan electric. The company will use the SSP Sports platform to power its electric SUVs after these models.
The Cayenne electric will be launched by Porsche with a dual-motor powertrain. However, it is possible that other models could also have this capability. Road & Track’s Frank Walliser stated that there are many designs and different motors. The man responsible for the Porsche 911 and 718 models said that there might be one, two, three, or four motors in the car. Walliser was talking about future two-door electric Porsches, and not an SUV when he spoke of potential tri-motor or quad-motor models.
Audi claims that the PPE is identical to the MEB of the parent VW Group, but has higher performance parameters and outputs. The PPE can support up to 800V and can be charged with 270 kW of fast charging. Standard features include a rear-mounted electric motor and an optional second motor for the front axle with AWD. Audi also outlines the PPE’s key features as torque vectoring, all-wheel steering, air suspension, and a low floor for more interior packaging. The 2024 Audi Q6 E-tron is the first PPE vehicle to be launched.
The Porsche Cayenne EV is based on the Taycan’s design principles in our speculative rendering. The official design might differ. The Porsche Cayenne EV might have a more refined appearance than the current gas-powered SUV. The Porsche Taycan could be the inspiration for the mask, which in turn is inspired by the Porsche Mission E design. The new electric SUV could have a lower hood and digital LED headlights that feature four-point visuals in DRLs. There may also be air curtains below the headlights. Porsche could also rework its design language when it launches its second electric SUV. Keep an eye out!
2026 Porsche Cayenne Electric Production and Release Date
Porsche confirmed that the production line for the pure-electric Cayenne will be located at Volkswagen’s Bratislava plant, in Slovakia. Although the VW is up! is made in Slovakia, the next-generation Porsche Cayenne will come from Slovakia. Porsche’s Leipzig plant will produce the entry-level Porsche Macan Electric as well as the flagship Porsche K1 SUV models.
2025 may be the year that the all-electric Cayenne will make its debut in the world. It could rival the Range Rover Sports EV. The Porsche Cayenne is a significant contributor to Porsche’s sales, and it is very profitable. Porsche’s most-sold model, the Cayenne, sold 95,604 units worldwide in 2022. Blume stated at the Annual Press Conference that “The Cayenne has conquered the sporty SUV segment for the past 20 years” The CEO stated that the all-electric Cayenne will continue this success story.
Like the rest of Porsche’s future EV line-up, the all-electric Cayenne is a major step in the automaker’s evolution. To make the Cayenne Electric EV more appealing, engineers should learn from the Macan Electric (pictured). Image: Porsche
Porsche is experiencing delays in the development and release of the E31.2 platform (a next-generation universal software platform and related architecture), which it plans to use in its Cayenne EV. Software development issues could delay the Cayenne Electric Vehicle’s release date. This is why the company had to delay the production of Macan EVs.