Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Confirmed, Coming by end of 2015

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Last year, Porsche celebrated the world debut of a new Panamera family, which among other things also received a plug-in hybrid version, a first for the Stuttgart brand. This replaces the old Panamera S Hybrid, which had been sitting along the Cayenne Hybrid ever since its launch in 2011. We suspected the SUV was thus also bound to receive a plug soon, together with its mid-life refresh.
Official confirmation finally came today, as Volkswagen Group announced a plug-in version of the Cayenne was one of the models poised to be revealed "this year and the next year".

The importance of the upcoming Cayenne S E-Hybrid cannot be understated. A dramatic reduction in consumption could drop claimed figures under 4 l/100km. A more powerful electric motor producing roughly the same 95 hp as in the Panamera will be installed, being capable of powering this SUV to speeds of over 100 km/h without a drop of fuel being used.

A high capacity lithium ion battery will be able to store up to 9.4 kWh of energy, being key to the Cayenne frugalness. On paper then, this will be a great company car with emissions well below the 100 k/km threshold. However, the S in its name means performance is above those of diesel rivals.

Thanks to a V6 engine, systemic output will be 416 hp (306 kW) for a 0 to 100 km/h time closely matching the Panamera S E-Hybrid's 5.5 seconds. No turbos on the mill, but the latest parallel full hybrid concept developed by Porsche also offers "coasting" at higher speeds. In layman's terms, if you take your foot off the gas at high speed, the engine is killed and decoupled from the drivetrain, allowing for much longer coasting periods than you'd get in last gear.
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