New Cayenne now available as a plug-in hybrid

05/21/2018 by

Porsche is expanding its range of hybrids even further: the new Cayenne E-Hybrid combines the best driving dynamics in its class with maximum efficiency. A three-litre V6 engine (335 hp) combines with an electric engine (134 hp) to generate system power of 455 hp. The maximum torque of 516 lb-ft. is already available just above idling speed; the boost strategy matches that of the 918 Spyder supercar. The Cayenne's plug-in hybrid drive enables acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and a maximum speed of 253 km/h. The new Cayenne E-Hybrid can drive up to a distance of 44 km and speed of 135 km/h on electricity alone (New European Drive Cycle (NEDC)). The average consumption in the NEDC, depending on the set of tires used, is 3.4 – 3.2 l/100 km of fuel and 20.9 – 20.6 kWh/100 km of electricity. Alongside the launch of the Cayenne E-Hybrid, Porsche is expanding its range of comfort and assistance systems for the entire Cayenne series with additional options such as the new head-up display, massage seats, and 22-inch alloy wheels.

Combined 455 horsepower hybrid drive with 918 Spyder boost concept
The next stage in Porsche's journey towards e-mobility is the Cayenne E-Hybrid. While the performance of the combustion engine moderately improves on its predecessor, the performance of the electric engine is now over 43 per cent higher at 134 hp. Both combine for a total system power of 455 hp. The boost strategy derived from the 918 Spyder supercar is a new addition. It ensures that the electric engine can be used in any of the standard Sport Chrono Package's driving modes for an additional performance boost. This means the maximum system torque becomes available as you press the accelerator pedal. Depending on the driving situation and performance requirements, drivers can continue to draw on the boost torque across the entire range of speeds. This leads to a more agile and superior driving experience. The extent of the boost support and battery charging during the journey depend on the driving mode. In the performance-focused Sport and Sport Plus modes, virtually all of the battery's energy can be used for a boost. In Sport mode, the battery is charged just as much as is required for a new boost. In Sport Plus mode, the battery is recharged as quickly as possible. The other modes support maximum driving efficiency.

Charging with the Porsche Connect app and Porsche Charging Service
Battery capacity has improved significantly in the Cayenne E-Hybrid, along with the distance on electricity and the boost reserves: in comparison to the previous model, capacity increased from 10.8 to 14.1 kWh. This is an increase of around 30 per cent. The fluid-cooled battery, stored beneath the loading floor in the rear of the car, consists of eight cell modules with 13 prismatic lithium ion cells each. Within 7.8 hours, the high-voltage battery is charged fully via a 230-volt connection with ten amps. If the optional 7.2-kilowatt on-board charger and a 230-volt connection with 32 amps are used as an alternative to the standard 3.6-kilowatt charger, the battery is replenished in 2.3 hours.

The charging process can be managed and monitored via Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and remotely using the Porsche Connect app. The independent climate control, i.e. heating and air conditioning when the ignition is switched off, is available as standard and can also be individually controlled via smartphone.

New hybrid module and rapid switching Tiptronic S
Porsche has redesigned the Cayenne E-Hybrid's drivetrain. The hybrid module consists of a highly integrated combination of electric engine 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. The transmission acquires the new Tiptronic S, newly developed for the entire Cayenne range with eight speeds. The automatic gearbox not only offers even more comfortable and smoother starting, but also significantly speeds up gear changes. Interruption of tractive force during gear changes has also been reduced further.

Active hang-on all-wheel drive and towing capacity of 3.5-tonnes
With Porsche Traction Management (PTM), the Cayenne E-Hybrid has an active hang-on all-wheel drive with an electronically regulated, map-controlled multi-plate clutch. With its broad range of torque distribution, the system offers clear benefits in terms of driving dynamics, agility, traction control and off-road capabilities. Thanks to the brand new chassis, Cayenne E-Hybrid offers the same sports car driving dynamics as all models of the new Cayenne generation. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is standard. Optional features include the electric Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilization system, and a trailer connection for loads up to 3.5-tonnes.

New options: head-up display and 22-inch light alloy wheels
With the launch of the Cayenne E-Hybrid, Porsche is expanding its range of assistance systems and optional features for the entire series with a variety of innovations. For the first time, head-up display is available in a Porsche. It projects all the relevant driving information directly into the driver's line of vision in a full-colour display. Other new features now available in the Cayenne are the smart digital co-pilot Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control, massage seats, a heated windshield, and 22-inch light alloy wheels.

Market launch and pricing
The new Cayenne E-Hybrid will arrive in Canada in spring 2019 with pricing starting at $91,700.