It's no secret we love hybrids, particularly when they come from Porsche, so we're genuinely excited to hear that the German automaker is releasing a new Cayenne E-Hybrid for 2019. It’s the first gasoline-electric variant of the third-generation Cayenne but it certainly won’t be the last. Here’s what makes it tick.
The updated Cayenne E-Hybrid smokes the outgoing model, jumping 40 horsepower to a combined 455 HP from the 3.0-liter turbo V6 paired with a 14.1 kWh battery and electric motor, with a combined 515 lb-ft of torque. It’s also 0.7 seconds quicker from zero-to-60 mph, now 4.7 seconds, and sets a new quarter-mile time of 13.3 seconds, almost a full second quicker than the old E-Hybrid. It can reach a top speed of 87 mph on battery power alone, with a full top speed of 157 mph.
Optional features include a heads-up display, an off-road package, and Porsche InnoDrive. The latter uses navigation to look 1.8 miles up the road and adjust the E-Hybrid's gearing and gasoline/hybrid hand-off to maximize efficiency. The 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid will go on sale in early 2019 with a base price of $80,950, the same as the 2018 Cayenne S E-Hybrid and just a few grand less than a base gasoline-powered 2019 Cayenne S.