Porsche To Rule Plug-In Market with New Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Sep 26, 2014 03:10 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

Slated to debut at next week's Paris Motor Show, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is poised to establish the brand as "the leading manufacturer of plug-in hybrid vehicles," the automaker said Thursday.

The new SUV will mean that Porsche has more hybrid plug-in models to offer than any other brand, CNNMoney reported. The Cayenne will join the Panamera S E-Hybrid plug-in four-door sedan and the Porsche 918, a supercar that starts at $845,000, in the Porsche green vehicle lineup.

Boasting an acceleration time of zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, the Cayenne will be distinguished by "even more precise handling" and a "sharper design," according to Porsche.

The hybrid SUV shares a powertrain with the Panamera hybrid, matching a 3-liter supercharged V6 gasoline engine delivering 410 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque to an electric motor that produces 94 horsepower, GTSpirit reported.

The Cayenne model will launch in four versions for the American market, coming in the Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo along with the world premiere of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid.

The rear section of the new Cayenne has been revamped for the 2015 model year, Porsche said.

"The license plate recess, tailgate handle and lights are now integrated more elegantly into the tailgate lid," the carmaker said in a statement. "The vehicle's horizontal lines were also re-designed, giving the vehicle an even fuller stance on the road. The newly designed exhaust tailpipes are now integrated in the lower rear fascia."

Porsche has not yet announced pricing and fuel economy numbers for the Cayenne, but the comparable Panamera model gets 16 miles on a fully charged battery and has a fuel economy rating of 25 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving when using the gasoline engine.

The automaker has sold around 1,500 Panamera sedans around the world so far. 

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