Porsche Launches New Cayenne E-Hybrid
Porsche has further expanded its range of hybrids with the addition of a new Cayenne E-Hybrid. The new plug-in Hybrid features a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine producing 340hp, in addition, a 136hp electric motor helps to generate a total power figure of 462hp with 516lb ft torque – the performance of the electric engine is over 43 percent higher than that of the outgoing model. The transmission is the latest variant of eight-speed Tiptronic S. It is capable of towing loads up to 3,500kg via a trailer connection. The latest Porsche hybrid accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 5.0 seconds, it can cover a distance of up to 27 miles and reach a speed of 83mph on electricity alone. The average consumption is up to 88.3mpg.
This new Cayenne E-Hybrid also debuts a range of comfort and assistance systems which will be rolled out across the entire range, they include a new head-up display, the first time such a system has been available in a Porsche. It projects information in full-colour directly into the driver’s line of vision. Other new features available across the Cayenne range are massage seats – somethinng we’ve already seen in the Panamera, a heated windscreen, independent heating with remote operation and 22-inch diameter alloy wheels, though UK availability for all of these new features is to be confirmed.
The Hybrid’s electric motor can be used in all of the driving modes offered by the (fitted as standard) Sport Chrono Package. The extent of the vehicle’s battery charging during a journey depends on driving mode, in the performance-focused Sport and Sport Plus modes virtually all of the battery’s energy can be used for a boost. In Sport mode, the battery is charged just as much as is required, in Sport Plus mode the battery is recharged as quickly as possible. The other modes are designed for best efficiency. Porsche has redesigned the hybrid module used previously, in contrast to the old electro-hydraulic system with a spindle actuator, a separating clutch is now operated electro-mechanically, which affords faster reaction times.
In comparison with its forebear, this new Cayenne E-Hybrid features greater battery capacity offering greater distance to be covered purely on electricity. The fluid-cooled battery is stored beneath the loading floor in the rear of the car, each has eight cell modules and 13 prismatic lithium-ion cells. Within 7.8 hours, the high-voltage battery is charged fully via a 230-volt connection with ten amps. If the optional 7.2-kilowatt onboard charger and a 230-volt connection with 32 amps are used as an alternative to the standard 3.6-kilowatt charger, the battery is ‘filled up’ again after only 2.3 hours.
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is available as standard. Optional features include the electric Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation system. The charging process can be managed and monitored via the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and also via the Porsche Connect app. An independent climate control system allows adjustment of the car’s cabin temperature when the ignition is switched off, it can also be individually controlled via a smartphone. The new Porsche Charging Service (which is yet to have a UK release date confirmed) allows cross-provider access to public charging stations – without requiring additional registration with the relevant provider. This is billed directly via a Porsche ID account.
The new Cayenne E-Hybrid is available to order at Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland now, priced from £67,128. The first customer deliveries will take place in late May 2018.