New Cayenne

Porsche have unveiled the new generation Cayenne, now in five variants: Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S Diesel and the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment.

The launch of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid makes Porsche the only carmaker in the world to offer three plug-in hybrid models.

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. The new model has a lithium-ion traction battery with an energy capacity of 10.9 kWh, which enables an all-electric driving range of 18 to 36 km, depending on the route and how hard you punt the car.

Compared to the Cayenne S Hybrid (which wasn’t a plug-in), the power of the electric motor is more than doubled: from 34kW to 70kW. The combined fuel consumption is now 3.4L/100 km. The 3.0-litre V6 supercharged engine, which produces 245kW, and 70kW electric motor, combine for a total power output of 306kW, and total torque of 590Nm.

That’s good for zero to 100km/h in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 243 km/h – with a top speed in all-electric mode of 125km/h. The traction battery can be charged from the electric power grid or while driving.

The Cayenne S goes from a 4.8L V8 in the outgoing model to a new 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 – which uses much less fuel but turns out more power and torque, and a higher top speed. The twin-turbo V6 develops 309kW and 550Nm – a gain of 15 kW and 50Nm over the previous 4.8-litre V8. With standard eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission, the Cayenne S accelerates from zero to 100km/h in just 5.5 seconds (5.4 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package) – 0.4 seconds faster than the previous V8 Cayenne S. The new Cayenne’s top speed is now 259 km/h (a gain of one km/h).

All models also have a design update (though nothing dramatically different, as you can see), new bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, a new multi-function steering wheel.

Since Porsche first launched the Cayenne in 2002, they’ve sold well over half a million of them worldwide: over 276,000 first generation vehicles were produced (2002 to 2010), and around 303,000 units of the second generation (2010 to now) have already been built so far.