The plug-in hybrid versions of Porsche Cayenne which were undergoing endurance testing in South Africa, is now available to order.
Jumping straight to the business end, the Cayenne E-Hybrid is powered by a 3.0 V6 that delivers 340 hp – 7 hp more than its predecessor, and a 136 hp electric motor. Both combine for a total system output of 340 kW (462 hp) and a massive torque of 700 Nm – available just above idling speed. Transmission is an 8-speed Tiptronic S. The SUV sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and onto a top speed of 253 km/h.
The Cayenne E-Hybrid can be driven on pure electric mode for 44 km at speeds of up to 135 km/h. As for the battery, the capacity has been increased from 10.8 to 14.1 kWh – an increase of around 30 per cent. The fluid-cooled battery, stored underneath the loading floor in the rear of the car, consists of 8 cell modules with 13 prismatic lithium-ion cells in each.
With the standard 3.6 kilowatt charger, the battery can be charged within 7-8 hours via a 230 volt connection with 10 amps. With the optional 7.2 kilowatt on-board charger and via a 230 volt connection with 32 amp, the battery can be filled up within 2-3 hours.
The charging process can be managed and monitored via Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and remotely using the Porsche Connect app. Porsche Connect can also be used to find and filter charging stations and set them as a navigation destination. The new Porsche Charging Service allows cross-provider access to public charging stations – without requiring additional registration with the relevant provider. This is billed directly via the Porsche ID account, the company said.
Porsche said that they’ve redesigned the Cayenne E-Hybrid’s drive train. The hybrid module consists of an integrated combination of electric motor and separating clutch. In contrast to the previous electro-hydraulic system with the spindle actuator, the separating clutch is operated electromechanically, which ensures even faster reaction times.
Other features include Porsche Traction Management (PTM and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). Optional features include the electric Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation system and a trailer connection for loads of up to 3.5 tonnes.
Also, for the first time, a full-color head-up display is available in a Porsche. Other new features now available in the Cayenne are the smart digital copilot Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control, massage seats, a heated windscreen, independent heating with remote operation and 22-inch light metal wheels.