Porsche isn’t the type of automaker that keeps new technologies limited to a single model series, so when it introduced the Panamera S Hybrid E PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) last year, we instantaneously knew that the Cayenne would be next to adopt this powertrain.
At a first glance, this Cayenne looked like just another lightly covered prototype for the upcoming mid-cycle facelift for the series, but then Porsche engineers connected a plug to the car and it became evident that it’s the S Hybrid E version.
Whereas it’s a given that the Cayenne will share the same parallel, plug-in hybrid powertrain as the Panamera S Hybrid E, at this point, we don’t know if Porsche will keep the same output levels.
On the saloon, the system pairs a 316hp 3.0-liter V6 gasoline unit to a 94hp (95PS / 70 kW) electric motor and a 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in 180 minutes via the Porsche Universal Charger (AC), and in just under 240 minutes through a conventional household electrical outlet. The system delivers a combined out of 410hp (416PS). With full use of the battery juice, it can return an average fuel consumption of 3.1 liters/100 km (75.8 US mpg).
The plug-in hybrid Cayenne should be ready within the next year or so.
By John Halas
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