The next-gen hybrid has arrived with even improvements over its predecessor

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Porsche updated the Cayenne for the 2018 model year, but the hybrid version wasn’t quite ready. Now that the 2019 models are about to roll into dealers, Porsche has finally pulled the covers off of the new 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, a direct replacement for the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. It brings some serious improvements to the table over its predecessor and the standard Cayenne too. We’re talking about things like faster acceleration, more electric range, better efficiency, and increased power, among other things. It also brings all of the new styling cues and technology introduced with the 2018 Cayenne to the hybrid market.

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Exterior Design

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Exterior
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There is absolutely nothing that separates the E-Hybrid from the standard Cayenne, with the exception of the charging port door on the rear, driver’s side

There is absolutely nothing that separates the E-Hybrid from the standard Cayenne, with the exception of the charging port door on the rear, driver’s side. Otherwise, it carries the same front fascia, hood fenders, and body lines from front to rear. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. The E-Hybrid benefits from a sleek set of headlights, function front, and rear fascias, and it’s got those attractive body lines on the sides. There is a big panoramic roof as well. Compared to the model it replaces, it ditches the budget-looking underplates, it has the modern taillights, and its proportions are just a bit better than before. It’s about time because the last hybrid model has been around since 2015 and a new look was certainly needed.

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Interior Design

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Interior
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There are also hybrid-specific displays in the gauge cluster and the PCM screen that relate to the state of charge, amount of energy consumers, and the status of various drive modes

Visually, the interior of the E-Hybrid is the exact same as that of the standard model. One can assume, then, that the interior space will be the same as well. It gets the same 12.3-inch display built into the center stack, the same touch controller on the center console, and the same trim goodies throughout. Where it stands out, however, is in the technology department. First off, the PCM (Porsche Communication Management) system can be used to control the charging process. This can also be done with the Porsche Connect app, as well as monitoring of the charge status and controlling the HVAC system.

This isn’t all, though. The instrument cluster comes standard with Acid Green needles on both the Sport Chrono dial and the tachometer. There are also hybrid-specific displays in the gauge cluster and the PCM screen that relate to the state of charge, amount of energy consumers, and the status of various drive modes. A head-up display is available for an extra fee, which will place pertinent information straight ahead, eliminating the need to glance away from the road while driving. If you opt for the Sport Chrono package, you’ll also get the performance pages that include lap times and cornering forces. The off-road package will provide pages with information regarding hill grades, steering angle, status of the hill descent control system, and even a compass, so you don’t get lost should the navigation system fail for some reason.

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Performance and Range

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Total system output is rated at 455 horsepower between 5,250 and 6,400 rpm and 516 pound-feet of torque that maxes out between 1,000 and 3,750 rpm.

The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid stands out of the lineup by pairing the standard 3.0-liter, turbocharged, V-6 with an electric motor unit. The electric motor, or as Porsche calls it, a Hybrid module, actually sits between the engine and transmission. Instead of using an electro-hydraulic actuator to separate the module from the engine and transmission Porsche decided to go with an all-out, electromechanical clutch. This should allow for quicker reaction time when engaging and disengaging. The engine delivers 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque while the electric motor delivers 134 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Total system output is rated at 455 horsepower between 5,250 and 6,400 rpm and 516 pound-feet of torque that maxes out between 1,000 and 3,750 rpm.

The end result of this power is a big improvement over the outgoing model. There’s a 0.7-second improvement in the time it takes to get to 60 mph, 0.9-second improvement in the quarter-mile run, and an increase of 6 mph in top speed. That means the new E-Hybrid can run to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 157 mph. The quarter mile? That comes in at 13.3 seconds if you hit the gas right. Power is transmitted from the engine, and subsequently the electric motor, through Porsche’s eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. Top speed is reached in sixth gear, and all shifts are said to be faster and smoother. The seventh and eighth gears are reserved for efficient highway driving, so if you really get on it, don’t be surprised if you don’t feel those final shifts. Naturally, the E-Hybrid is AWD with dynamic torque distribution on demand and Porsche’s active suspension management system.

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The new E-Hybrid can run to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 157 mph

There are several drive modes available that include E-Power, Hybrid Auto, E-Hold, E-Charge, Sport, and Sport Plus. E-Power is all-electric mode, while hybrid auto is a new feature that is said to provide “ultimate efficiency.” E-Hold maintains battery charge, leaving motivation to come from the engine only, while E-Charge will allow the engine to act as a generator and charge the battery as you drive. Sport and sport plus turn the engine on at all times and provide the best performance possible. Sport Plus mode also charges the battery to help maintain constant performance.

As far as electric goodness goes, the battery is a 14.1-kWh unit that’s 30-percent larger than the outgoing model and can offer as much as 27.3 miles of all-electric range. If you plug into a 230-volt, 32-amp outlet with the optional 7.2 kWh charger, you can recharge the battery in as little as 2.3 hours. The standard charger is a 3.6 kW unit that delivers a full charge in 7.8 hours on a 230-volt, 10-amp connection.

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Pricing

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The 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid starts at $79,900 before options, taxes, and delivery. That puts it at $14,290 than the standard Cayenne, $3,000 less than Porsche Cayenne S, and $44,610 less that the Cayenne Turbo.

2019 Porsche Cayenne Prices

Porsche Cayenne $65,700
Porsche Cayenne S $82,900
Porsche Cayenne Turbo $124,600
Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid $79,900

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Competition

2019 BMW X5

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The BMW X5 is one of the Cayenne’s main competitors. To be more specific, I’m talking about the Xdrive40e iPerformance. It’s not quite as powerful as the Cayenne E-Hybrid, but that’s because the gasoline engine is just a 2.0-liter unit. Total system output is rated at 308 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Electric range is limited to just 31 miles, and it takes 3 hours to charge the 9.2 kWh battery. It can hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 130 mph. It may not be as powerful or as quick as the Cayenne, but it does come in quite a bit cheaper at $62,750 as of the time of this writing. Plus you get the good looks of the X5 to go with it, so there’s that. So the real question is whether or not you’re willing to trade off that extra power and better performance for a significantly lower pricing point.

Read our full review on the 2019 BMW X5.

Mercedes GLE-Class

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Of course, this is a German shootout, so it’s only fair to throw in Merc’s resident competitor. In this case, I’m talking about the GLE 550e 4MATIC Plug-in Hybrid. It comes with all of the good looks and luxury of the GLE class but brings a greener footprint thanks to its hybrid drivetrain. The engine unit in charge is Merc’s familiar 3.0-liter, biturbo, V-6 which happens to be paired with an electric motor. Specs for the battery and motor have yet to be released, but total system output is rated at 436 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy figures are also top secret, but it has a seven-speed transmission, all-wheel drive, and can hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Pricing starts out significantly lower than the Cayenne E-Hybrid as well at $66,700, a fair price for a car that’s a bit slower and heavier.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes GLE-Class

Final Thoughts

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In the end, Porsche gave the Cayenne exactly what was needed when it introduced the new generation in 2018. It’s only fitting that the hybrid model comes correct with the same new looks and technology. It still feels like Porsche could have gone with a larger battery for better range, but it is a hybrid and not an all-electric, so it should suffice. What’s more important is the added performance that comes courtesy of that improved battery and electric motor. The interesting thing is that it is significantly more expensive than it’s competitors but it does offer the best performance, so the real question is whether or not the trade-off justifies paying such a higher price.

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    • could have a bigger battery
    • standard charger is slow
    • could have had a more powerful electric motor


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Premiering today, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid solidifies its place in the lineup while making significant advancements over both the standard Cayenne and the preceding Cayenne S E-Hybrid it replaces. Those advantages include more power, quicker acceleration, a faster top speed, and increased electric-only range. The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid uses the same three-liter mono-turbo V6 as the Cayenne, but significantly increases total horsepower and torque by integrating an electric motor.

The latest Porsche “E-performance” model adopts the same hybrid boost strategy as the 918 Spyder super sports car. By leveraging the instantaneous torque of the electric motor and the power of a turbocharged V6 gasoline engine, the Cayenne E-Hybrid has an especially broad power band that improves its acceleration capability. In addition to enhanced performance, the new 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid also adds the Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and Auxiliary Cabin Conditioning to its list of standard equipment.

In conjunction with the launch of the 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid, Porsche will also introduce several new features to the broader Cayenne model line. They include massaging seats, a heated windshield, a head-up display, and for the first time in any Porsche, 22-inch wheels.

Aesthetic changes specific to the Cayenne E-Hybrid are aligned with other current Porsche plug-in hybrid models. The visual distinctions are Acid Green brake calipers and matching outlines around all of the badges.

Newest Porsche PHEV Powertrain
The latest Porsche plug-in hybrid includes the third new hybrid powertrain from Porsche since 2017. It combines a three-liter mono-turbo V6 engine with 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque with an electric motor that creates 134 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The result is a total system output of 455 horsepower from 5,250 to 6,400 RPM and 516 lb-ft of torque from 1,000 to 3,750 RPM. Acceleration from zero to 60 MPH happens in 4.7 seconds (-0.7 seconds vs. Cayenne S E-Hybrid) on to a ¼ mile time of 13.3 seconds (-0.9 seconds vs. Cayenne S E-Hybrid) and a top track speed of 157 MPH (+6 MPH vs. Cayenne S E-Hybrid).

Tiptronic S transmission and new hybrid module
Porsche completely re-engineered the hybrid powertrain componentry at work in the Cayenne E-Hybrid as compared to the Cayenne S E-Hybrid of the previous generation. The hybrid module, which is positioned between the engine and eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission, consists of an electric motor and a separating clutch. In contrast to the previous electro-hydraulic system with a spindle actuator, the separating clutch is operated electromechanically for quicker reaction times. The new Tiptronic S transmission, which was developed for the third-generation Cayenne range, offers significantly faster, smoother, and more comfortable shifts. This also leads to a reduced interruption of tractive force while changing gears. As with other Cayenne models, the top track speed is reached in sixth gear, leaving the remaining two gears intentionally long for efficient cruising.

Standard Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive
With standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM), the Cayenne E-Hybrid has an active hang-on all-wheel drive system with an electronically regulated, map-controlled multiplate 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. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is included as standard equipment, though customers may upgrade to the same three-chamber air suspension system that is offered in the rest of the Cayenne lineup.

Drive Modes in Detail
As with other Porsche E-performance models, the Cayenne E-Hybrid shares a boost strategy with the 918 Spyder. By offering a wide range of drive modes, the powertrain is able to meet a wide range of specific needs ranging from all-electric motoring to high performance driving.

The Sport Chrono Package, including a mode switch integrated into the steering wheel, forms part of the standard equipment on the Cayenne E-Hybrid. The mode switch and the Porsche Communication Management system are used to select the various driving modes. These include the familiar “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes from the other Cayenne models equipped with the Sport Chrono Package, while the Cayenne E-Hybrid also adds four hybrid-specific modes: “E-Power”, “Hybrid Auto”, “E-Hold” and “E-Charge”.

E-Power: In “E-Power” mode, the Cayenne E-Hybrid drives up to 44 kilometers, based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), on electricity alone.

Hybrid Auto: The “Hybrid Auto” mode is a completely new development. When this mode is selected, the Cayenne changes and combines the drive sources automatically for ultimate efficiency.

E-Hold: The “E-Hold” mode allows drivers to conserve the current state of charge so they can later switch to electric (and therefore zero-emissions) mode in an environmental zone at their destination, for example.

E-Charge: In “E-Charge” mode, the gasoline engine generates more power than is needed to move the car. The excess energy is channeled into the battery for later use.

Sport and Sport Plus: The highest level of drive performance is made available in the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes. The V6 is active continuously in these modes. In “Sport” mode, the battery charge is always maintained at a minimum level to ensure that sufficient boost reserve capacity is available when needed. “Sport Plus” mode is all about maximum performance. In addition, the battery is charged as quickly as possible to ensure maximum performance.

Battery power: plugging in and taking off
Power is stored in a 14.1 kWh battery pack housed in the rear of the chassis beneath the load floor. While running on electricity alone, the Cayenne E-Hybrid can travel up to 83 miles per hour and up to 44 kilometers (NEDC). EPA fuel economy figures and electric range are unannounced at this time.

Battery capacity of the Cayenne E-Hybrid increases by roughly 30 percent to 14.1 kWh when compared to the preceding model. The liquid-cooled battery consists of eight modules with 13 prismatic lithium ion cells each. The packaging size of this battery pack is the same as the battery used in the previous Cayenne S E-Hybrid, but it has improved energy density.

Using a 230-volt, 32 amp connection and the optional 7.2 kW onboard charger, it is possible to recharge a fully depleted battery in 2.3 hours. Using a 230-volt connection with 10 amps and the standard 3.6 kW on-board charger, replenishing a fully depleted battery requires 7.8 hours. In both cases, the recharging process is quicker with the new Cayenne E-Hybrid than in prior models.

The charging process is controllable either via Porsche Communication Management (PCM) or remotely when using the Porsche Connect app. With an enabled smartphone, owners gain remote access to climate controls, and charge monitoring. All of these features are included as standard equipment and function even when the ignition switch is turned off. Porsche Connect can also be used to find and filter charging stations and set them as a navigation destination.

Mirroring the subtle aesthetic hybrid indicators on the exterior, the cabin features Acid Green needles on the Sport Chrono dial and the tachometer as well as hybrid-specific displays in the gauge cluster and within the PCM screen. The displays offer information about the state of charge, electricity consumption and hybrid-specific drive mode selections.

Porsche is offering a head-up display for the first time. The full-color projection is customizable, height-adjustable, and it puts key information including driving speed, engine speed, driving mode, and navigation information and the current drive mode within the driver’s direct line of sight.

Models equipped with the Sport Chrono package – such as the Cayenne E-Hybrid – can see information relevant to the added performance capability including lap times and cornering g forces. Models equipped with the Off Road package are able to display similarly relevant information including hillside gradients, steer angle, a compass, and hill descent control speeds.

Starting with the 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid, Porsche InnoDrive will also be available. As a step beyond adaptive cruise control, this system combines already existent traffic sensing systems with onboard map data. The result is a vehicle that can “look” 1.8 miles ahead to select gearing intelligently, and that can compute when best to coast and the best balance between the gasoline and electric portions of the powertrain based on upcoming corners and changes in grade. The system is also capable of recognizing speed limits and adjusting vehicle velocity in cases where temporary speed restrictions are in place.

Market launch and pricing
The new Cayenne E-Hybrid is expected to begin arriving at U.S. dealers in early 2019 with a base MSRP of $79,900 excluding options and the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee.

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