Porsche has unveiled a plug-in hybrid version of its new Cayenne – the E-Hybrid – which has more power than before and a longer electric-only range.
The model is the first electrified version of the new Cayenne available, following on from the successful hybrid in the last-generation SUV, and in the current Panamera.
It uses a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine paired with an electric motor to produce a combined 456bhp and 700Nm of torque. This allows for a sprint from 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 157mph.
It’s paired with a new Tiptronic S automatic gearbox – an eight-speed ‘box developed specifically for the new Cayenne.
The Cayenne E-Hybrid is priced from £67,128, and can travel up to 27 miles on pure electric power at speeds of up to 84mph. It also uses the same boost system as fitted to the German firm’s 918 Spyder hypercar.
The battery capacity has been increased by 30 per cent compared to the last model. Using a standard socket, the Cayenne’s battery can be charged in just under eight hours or a bit over two using an optional wallbox.
A new Porsche Connect app helps you to locate chargers and set them on the sat nav. ‘Porsche Charging Service’ also allows you to connect to chargers from various providers, without having to registering with them individually. This means that Porsche bills you directly, rather than the individual charger providers.
Porsche’s option range is as varied as usual. A head-up display can be had for the first time on the firm’s cars, while a ‘Porsche InnoDrive’ pack adds adaptive cruise control, massaging seats, a heated windscreen, a feature so you can warm up the car remotely and 22-inch alloy wheels.
The launch of the Cayenne E-Hybrid follows on from the news that Porsche was to drop diesels from its range earlier in the year because of limited demand and the cost of developing existing engines to comply with future emissions standards.
Order books are now open for the Cayenne E-Hybrid, with first customer deliveries expected by the end of the month.
May 3, 2018