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2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Stuffs Some 918 Spyder Under An SUV Hood

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Porsche's gas/electric SUV gets an updated hybrid system for its second generation

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid becomes the latest machine from Stuttgart to get the brand’s 918 Spyder-inspired gas/electric powertrain, following on the heels of the redesigned Panamera E-Hybrid last year. As you’d expect, it features more: more power, quicker acceleration, a higher top speed and additional electric range versus the previous Cayenne S E-Hybrid.

Let’s get the numbers out of the way first: The new Cayenne E-Hybrid, based on the third generation of Porsche's popular SUV, gets its gasoline motivation from 3-liter single-turbo V6 making 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. That’s supplemented by an electric motor delivering an additional 134 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Because of the way power is delivered, the two don’t total up exactly, but the net system output is still an impressive 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Porsche Traction Management active all-wheel drive is standard equipment.

The new hybrid system puts the motor between the gas engine and eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, as with the current Panamera E-Hybrid; having driven the sedan, we can attest to the smooth, seamless power delivery this arrangement delivers. We’ll have to wait a few weeks to get seat time in the Cayenne hybrid, but expectations are high that it’ll be a significant improvement over the previous gas/electric Cayenne.

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Juice for the electric motor is stashed in a liquid-cooled 14.1kWh battery pack that lives beneath the rear load floor -- that’s about 30 percent more power than the previous model held, and it results in a range of approximately 27 miles on the Euro test cycle at up to 83 mph. Porsche isn’t revealing official U.S. EPA fuel economy or electric range figures yet. Charging times for a fully drained battery range from 2.3 hours with a 230-volt, 32 amp connection and an optional 7.2 kW onboard charger to 7.8 hours using a 230-volt/10-amp connection and the standard 3.6 kW charger

All E-Hybrid Cayennes come with Porsche’s Sport Chrono package that includes adjustable driving modes for maximum efficiency, max power or something in-between; Porsche Active Suspension Management (with an option for three-chamber air suspension) and Auxiliary Cabin Conditioning to help heat/cool the interior while plugged in an outlet. We’re less enthusiastic about the standard Acid Green details like brake calipers and badge outlines, but a friendly dealer could probably fix that for you. Also new (but optional) is Porsche’s first head-up display, delivering a full-color readout of speed, tachometer and navigation info in the driver’s sight.

Another new feature is the interesting-sounding Porsche InnoDrive, which the company describes as the next step beyond adaptive cruise control. Traffic sensing plus onboard navigation map data, including speed limits, is combined to help the Cayenne E-Hybrid scan up to 1.8 miles ahead, letting it select gearing and optimum engine/motor power delivery. We’ll get to judge it for ourselves in a few weeks and will report back.

Cayenne E-Hybrid pricing starts at $80,950 including destination but before the always extensive (and expensive) Porsche options book is consulted. Deliveries are currently scheduled to start in early 2019.

 

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Date Posted: May 7, 2018