2015 Porsche Cayenne S-E Plug-in Hybrid Priced at $76,400

As promised by Porsche more than a year ago, the German luxury automaker has unveiled details this morning of its all-new 2015 Cayenne. And for the first time in the car’s history, you’ll be able to buy it with a plug.

The all-new 2015 Porsche Cayenne S-E Hybrid will offer plug-in capabilities and sporty performance

The all-new 2015 Porsche Cayenne S-E Hybrid will offer plug-in capabilities and sporty performance

In addition to being offered with 3.0-litre, turbocharged V-6 diesel, 3.6 litre twin-turbo V-6 gasoline and 4.8-litre twin-turbocharged V-8 gasoline engine options, the third-generation Cayenne will offer buyers the opportunity to opt for a more environmentally -conscious 3.0-litre supercharged V-6 married to a 70 kilowatt electric motor and 10.8 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.

Launched in 2002, the five-door mid-size luxury crossover SUV is based on the same chassis used by parent company Volkswagen for its Touareg crossover SUV, and is known for its high-performance and luxurious interior. Back in 2010, Porsche added a hybrid variant of the Cayenne to the car’s lineup powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine and a 33 kilowatt electric motor. Capable of the 0-62 mph dash in 6.5 seconds, the Cayenne hybrid might have produced the sporty drive Porsche owners yearn for, but is rated by the EPA at an abysmal 24 mpg combined.

The all-new 2015 Porsche Cayenne S-E Hybrid — which replaces the outgoing non plug-in hybrid — should manage a far better fuel economy thanks to its larger on-board battery pack and much more powerful electric motor. At the time of writing, official fuel economy figures aren’t available, but Porsche says the Cayenne S-E Hybrid will sprint from 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds, more than a second quicker than its non plug-in predecessor.

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It’s worth noting too that the Cayenne S-E Hybrid’s drivetrain seem to be the same ones found in Porsche’s Panamera S-E Hybrid. In that particular car, the drivetrain produces a combined fuel economy of 50 MPGe in blended mode, or 25 MPG in gasoline only. All-electric range is rated at just 16 miles, and a full recharge takes three hours from a domestic charging station.

While top speed in the Cayenne S-E Hybrid is limited to 151 mph in blended hybrid mode, Porsche says the all-electric mode will happily operate at speeds of up to 78 mph. What isn’t clear yet is if hard acceleration will prompt the gasoline engine to kick in as with many other plug-in hybrids, or if that kind of speed can be achieved from standstill at full throttle without gasoline intervention.

The downside? Like the Porsche Panamera S-E Hybrid, the Cayenne S-E Hybrid isn’t exactly cheap. At $76,400 before incentives and a mandatory destination charge of $995, the Cayenne S-E Hybrid is Tesla Model S territory. The only other plug-in car to sell for a similar price — the Cadillac ELR — has struggled to attract buyers thanks to its limited electric-only range when compared to the 250+ mile Model S.

Will the Cayenne S-E Hybrid suffer a similar fate, especially with Tesla’s own plug-in SUV — the 250+ mile all-electric Tesla Model X — due to hit the market next year?

Let us know in the Comments below.

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  • CDspeed

    I’d like to see the Model X first, I’m hoping its more SUV like in it’s overall design, and doesn’t look like a minivan. I’d also like to see the Model X priced closer to the BMW X5 eDrive40i, rather then the Cayenne.

  • Jason Cullinane

    Not good enough Porsche… try harder. Tesla has a better vehicle that is all electric ready to go and is getting their factory ready for cranking them out. Tesla has taken your cool factor and your customers. You need to step up your game if you want them back and a watered down hybrid (even if it has a plug) is not going to do the trick.

  • cohenfive

    The model x will have a few things in its favor relative to the pepper hybrid, and a few things against. It is fully electric which is obviously a huge difference. Probably similar straight line performance, although likely the pepper will crush it in the handling front. Interior on tesla’s are pretty crummy for the price, and porsches are beautiful. The model X is going to be a lot more expensive as well…expect to pay well north of $100k for a well equipped one with the bigger battery. The pepper’s biggest advantage however is still that it has unlimited range since you can just go to any gas station and get filled up in three minutes. Tesla has their charging stations, but that is clearly not the same level of convenience and range. Should be a fun fight, and watch for a lot more competitors coming down the road soon.