Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
November 21, 2012
Within the next few years, Porsche will unveil a refreshed Cayenne featuring updates to the styling, features, and technical. According to Motor Trend, one of those updates could be a new plug-in hybrid system.
The plug-in hybrid, named e-Hybrid is an evolution of the current hybrid system used in the current Cayenne and Panamera Hybrid models. The system uses an upgraded electric motor producing around 95 to 100 horsepower and replacing the nickel-metal hydride battery for a lithium-ion battery. The 333-hp supercharged V-6 gas engine will stick around.
These changes gives Cayenne e-Hybrid specs of 95 to 100 HP on EV mode, a range of possibly around 15 miles or higher, and a combined power output of 420.
The Panamera is also expected to get this system. Unlike the Cayenne which will be AWD, the Panamera e-Hybrid will be RWD.
Motor Trend's report also says the recently revealed Cayenne S Diesel with the 4.2L V8 could make its way to the U.S. People who are familar with the diesel and Porsche's plans say the V8 engine can meet U.S. regulations easily if there is a SCR after-treatment of the exhaust system.
Source: Motor Trend
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