VIDEO: Porsche Torture-Tests 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid in South Africa
Plug-In Cayenne Could Use Version of Panamera E-Hybrid’s Powertrain
Porsche teased the 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid, a heretofore-unconfirmed model in the SUV family’s lineup, by showing the machine being put through its paces in South Africa.
The plug-in SUV is obviously based on the all-new 2019 Cayenne, with that vehicle’s totally redesigned exterior styling, weight loss program, and all-new interior. Porsche has been proving the new Cayenne E-Hybrid by sending it all over the world, from the 100-degree heat of Dubai to the 40-below chill of Northern Canada. The SUV has also been tested in the rainy, freezing conditions of Hemmingen, near Porsche’s headquarters in Southern Germany. Finally, the company took its new off-roader to South Africa, where that nation’s rugged mountain passes and dense city traffic would put the Cayenne E-Hybrid to the test.
This isn’t Porsche’s first off-roadeo, as the first-generation Cayenne boasted some seriously impressive chops in the mud and dirt. The second-gen SUV was a bit softer, but thanks to sophisticated electronics and available air suspension, it was still able to get around an OHV park pretty well. The all-new 2019 Cayenne looks to expand on its predecessors’ résumés a bit more.
Admittedly, the video Porsche released of the Cayenne E-Hybrid frolicking in South Africa doesn’t portray any significant off-road obstacles, but it’s clear that the SUV has enough clearance, torque, and grip to tackle a fire road or vehicular recreation area. Porsche says the South Africa tests were designed to tax the hybrid powertrain specifically, fine-tuning it for “everyday comfort, optimum efficiency, and maximum performance.”
Porsche draws a few comparisons to the Panamera E-Hybrid in its press release teasing the Cayenne. That leads us to believe the SUV will borrow from the luxury sedan in terms of powertrain, with a 2.9L turbocharged V-6 backed up by a plug-in battery electric system producing a combined output of 462 hp. That kind of guts would place the Cayenne E-Hybrid above the 440hp Cayenne S in terms of power, and the E-Hybrid will also likely be more efficient and capable of at least a few miles of electric-only motoring. Such a diverse portfolio will also likely demand a fair amount of money: Porsche asks $10,000 more for a Panamera 4 E-Hybrid than a regular Panamera 4. Using that logic, we’d expect the Cayenne E-Hybrid to demand $75,700, compared to the base Cayenne’s $65,700.
The Cayenne E-Hybrid will likely hit the market a few months after its conventional-gas–powered sibling arrives in mid-2018.