|The advent of the new 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid, marks the third PHEV for Porsche and the most for any automaker in the world, not to mention the first PHEV within the luxury SUV class. (Photo: Porsche)|
More recently Porsche has become something of an alternative fuels purveyor too, with turbo-diesels in the mix as well as a number of hybrid electrics, the latter boasting plug-in capability for two of its 2014 models and now a third for this upcoming model year, the 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid.
Consider for a moment that this new addition makes Porsche the only manufacturer in the world to offer three unique plug-in models, plus the only automaker (so far) offering one in the premium sport utility segment. Currently the brand’s flagship 918 Spyder “ultracar” waves the plug-in hybrid banner very proudly, whereas the Panamera S E-Hybrid offers plug-in technology at a slightly more
|The Cayenne S E-Hybrid not only offers impressive power along with superb fuel economy, but also the new 2015 Cayenne’s updated styling. (Photo: Porsche)|
While not a full electric-only vehicle (EV) such as Tesla’s upcoming Model X, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid (PHEV) offers the benefits of full electric operation for an extended range over the company’s more conventional and now canceled Cayenne S Hybrid, plus the go-anywhere convenience of gasoline power. The exact EV range has yet to be certified, as have its fuel economy estimates, but we
|The $845,000 USD ($947,440 CAD) 918 Spyder is the most prominent member of Porsche’s PHEV lineup. (Photo: Porsche)|
The happy ending to this fabulous fuel-efficiency story is a powertrain that makes a very enthusiastic 416 horsepower, 95 of which comes from the electric motor alone, resulting in a claimed 0 to 100-km/h sprint of 5.9 seconds (the company’s U.S. retail site claims 0 to 60 in just 5.4 seconds, so the Canadian site may be especially conservative with the new model’s performance). The gasoline engine is Porsche’s 3.0-litre V6 tuned to 333 horsepower all on its own, which mates up to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
So what’s the expected take-rate on the new Cayenne S E-Hybrid? While battery-based vehicles built buy competitors are slowly catching on, Porsche states that
|At $110,000, the Panamera S E-Hybrid will continue as the lowest priced Porsche PHEV available until the new $86,800 Cayenne S E-Hybrid arrives in November. (Photo: Porsche)|
The Cayenne is only available in four trim levels for 2015, starting with the $71,300 Cayenne Diesel and topped off by the $128,200 Cayenne Turbo. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid slots in just above the $83,700 needed for the regular Cayenne S at the above-mentioned $86,800 (all numbers excluding Porsche’s very low $1,115 freight and pre-delivery prep charge).
The new plug-in will make its official debut at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris on October 2, before arriving in showrooms for the first week of November.
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