The 2019 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Is A 455 HP SUV Made (Acid) Greener
You know how there’s a Bentley Bentayga Hybrid now powered by a Porsche-developed single-turbo 3.0 V6? Well, in case Bentley’s second SUV is not your cup of tea, Porsche now offers a very similar powertrain in the more business casual Cayenne.
The first thing you may notice is that in true Porsche fashion, the E-Hybrid version comes with acid green brake calipers behind the brand’s first 22-inch wheels. In E-Drive mode, these are rotated silently by an electric motor, with the high voltage coming from a 14.1 kWh lithium ion battery pack good for up to 27 miles of pure EV range (based on the European NEDC rating).
The Cayenne’s PHEV drivetrain has a combined peak output of 455 horsepower available from 5250 to 6400 rpm, and 516 lb-ft of torque at your disposal from 1000 to 3750rpm. The single turbo 3.0 V6 adds 355 hp and 332 lb-ft to the picture, while the electric motor boosts performance by 134 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Porsche left the PDK transmission with the twin-turbo Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, giving the electrified Cayenne an upgraded version of its Tiptronic S automatic instead. Faster gearshifts are guaranteed by a new hybrid module, which consists of an electric motor with an electro-mechanic separating clutch instead of the previous electro-hydraulic system, which had a spindle actuator. Porsche says this upgrade also leads to “reduced interruption of tractive force while changing gears.”
As always, top track speed is reached in sixth gear, while the remaining two gears are left for highway cruising. 157 miles per hour, here we come.
Inside, acid green needles and hybrid-specific displays in the gauge cluster and within the PCM screen will remind you of polar bears and those melting icecaps. Porsche is also offering a full color head-up display for the first time.
Models equipped with the Off Road package will even display hillside gradients, steer angle, a compass, and hill descent control speeds. Because you have the right to go off-road with your hybrid SUV.
To improve efficiency on road, you can also tick the box for Porsche InnoDrive, which is an advanced cruise control system combining already existent traffic sensing systems with onboard map data. The result is that your vehicle can “look” 1.8 miles ahead to select gearing, maximize coasting time and get the right balance between the gasoline and electric portions based on upcoming corners and changes in grade. Added to a massive plug-in hybrid, that’s a pretty clever gadget to have.