When the sports car maker revealed the facelifted Panamera range, it provided its fans not only with a new performance-oriented plug-in hybrid Panamera 4S E-Hybrid, but also topped up the entire lineup (ICE and PHEV) with a new flagship Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
Now, it decided it was also high time it upgraded one of the most successful models in its range – the Cayenne SUV. Without actually delivering all the goodies associated with a regular facelift, Porsche has instead cranked up the electric range for every 2021 model year Cayenne plug-in hybrid model. And it did that by simply increasing the battery capacity.
As such, the gross capacity of the high-voltage assembly has grown from the predecessor’s 14.1 kWh to Panamera’s standard of 17.9 kWh. According to ratings based on the WLTP EAER City cycle, the Cayenne E-Hybrid will provide an all-electric range of up to 48 km (almost 30 miles), while the top-of-the-line Turbo S E-Hybrid will cover up to 42 km (26 miles).
The electric powertrain is the same for all Cayenne PHEVs, delivering 100 kW (136 ps / 134 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb. ft.), which is enough for a maximum speed of 135 kph (84 mph) in pure electric mode. The 2021 MY Cayenne E-Hybrids also come with optimized driving modes to improve either efficiency or performance, while also featuring a reworked charging strategy.
At home in Germany, pricing for the Cayenne E-Hybrid kicks off at 90,447 euros – which is a lot more than what Porsche is asking in the United States, where it starts at $81,800 (quotation valid for the current U.S.-spec, though). A Coupé E-Hybrid goes for €95,087, while the flagship Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid goes for 170,023 and 174,083 euros, respectively.