Facelifted 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid priced to sell

A facelifted 2015 Porsche Cayenne will soon be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain capable of unprecedented performance and efficiency. The car is expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, following frequent sightings of test mules this year.

Set to cost $76,400 – a small premium over the gasoline-only Cayenne S – the Cayenne S E-Hybrid car will benefit from increased performance and fuel economy over other models thanks to a 95hp electric motor powered by a 10.9-kilowatt-hours lithium-ion battery pack.

The car’s real firepower, however, comes in the form of an Audi-developed supercharged three-liter V6 that brings total output to a 911-beating 416hp. The results are a 0-60mph time of just 5.9 seconds yet combined fuel economy, at least on a European cycle, of 83.1 miles-per-gallon. Carbon dioxide emissions are said to be 79g/km – a colossal increase over the old, non-plug-in Cayenne S Hybrid’s figure of 193g/km.

The hardware is identical to that found in the $96,100 Panamera S E-Hybrid, but for a slightly larger battery pack. Roughly 10 percent of Panamera buyers opt for the plug-in hybrid version, so Porsche will have high hopes for its most frugal Cayenne. The German carmaker has sold 303,000 examples of it flagship SUV since 2010.

As a plug-in hybrid the new Cayenne will have pure electric capabilities. Porsche has yet to confirm the Cayenne S E-Hybrid’s electric range, although taking into account the car’s weight and battery specifications 20 miles of zero-emissions driving is a realistic expectation. Top speed in electric mode will be limited to 77mph.

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The lithium-ion battery can either be charged by connecting the car to an electrical power source or on the move, whereby a small portion of energy from the engine is siphoned off.

The 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid will be Porsche’s third plug-in hybrid, following the Panamera and the 918 Spyder, the latter of which sets the bar for integrating electric technology into performance cars. Porsche has also been keen to highlight a link between road and track, with the 919 Hybrid faring well during this years 24 Hours of Le Mans before mechanical issues ended its charge two hours short of the chequered flag.

The carmaker’s plug-in hybrid powertrain is heavily touted to feature in the smaller Macan SUV before long, with even the iconic 911 earmarked for electrification, too.

Posted by Richard Lane

Richard is a London-based automotive journalist specialising in future mobility and sustainable design. Having fallen for cars because of the virtues of a particular German flat-six, it's what we'll all be driving next that now interests Richard most. Dream garage: Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior and a Detroit Electric SP:01.

  1. Interesting, but I hope Porsche will take a different approach for their Macan PHEV next year, than this Cayenne PHEV replicating the improving but still “bad” PHEV approach of the Panamera PHEV last year. Here again, they wrongly set the PHEV on top of the highest 6xCyl Supercharged ICE engine, making it end at above sky prices > 100K Euro … where there are no PHEV fans left, and finally it’s only used as an extra Turbo for the main engine that in real facts will be used all the time here, since the all EV mode is just “ridiculous” for a Porsche : 2 Tons…, and a still far too small # 11 KWH battery requiring at least 2 x charges per day to make my 50M daily local commutes, hence that will last only 5 years if a good 3000 x cycles model is used here …
    This is just not good enough for PHEV prospects like me, whose main target is to do all their 50M per day local commutes in a comfortable/sporty full EV mode that should provide >200HP and more importantly a minimum 15KWH usable battery for only one charge per day, or far better 30KWH (Like in the very small pure EV AutoLib in Paris that cost a third of this car) that allow one charge every 2 x days for more convenience and to make sure a good 3000 x cycles battery can last more than 10 years when used that way. Since local commutes are 80% of my yearly mileage, this full EV mode needs to be a Porsche one, which this one is not, unless always combined with ICE Engine of course.
    Then ICE could be reduced to 4 x cylinders, not turbo, if used on only 20% of mileage with a better full-EV mode. Ref. Model should be the Audi TT OffRoad concept presented in China this spring, just put that in a Macan, keeping same 4xCyl, plus key dual Electric motors totaling 120KW # 160HP, and just stretching the battery from 12KWH usable to 30KWH for 100M per charge ideally, or at least to 15KWH “usable” for 50M per charge, then price the resulting Macan “mainstream PHEV” 4xCyl + PHEV at same Euro 60K starting price of std 6xCyl today in Europe, so final price with all options and taxes ends same Euro 75K …. that I budgeted for my next car in 2015, and it’ll be my 1st Porsche ever. Forget the > Euro 100K for the Macan PHEV please …

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