Porsche is all set to launch its new Cayenne SUV in India by September 2018. According to CarandBike, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid version will also make its way into the Indian market in September.
The new Cayenne will feature major mechanical and technological developments, compared to the previous generations.
Apart from the E-Hybrid version, the new SUV will also be offered in two other variants: the Cayenne and the Cayenne S. Bookings for the car is said to have already begun.
The standard Cayenne and its E-Hybrid version come fitted with a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine producing 335bhp and 450Nm of torque. The Cayenne S version is fitted with a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine churning out 434bhp and 550Nm of torque.
The Cayenne E-Hybrid apart from the combustion engine uses an electric motor supplying an additional 134bhp of power.
This translates to a combined power output of 455bhp and a massive 700Nm of torque. All three variants come mated to a newly developed eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox.
The new Cayenne E-Hybrid also features the Boost strategy, borrowed from Porsche's 918 Spyder. The boost concept provides the maximum system torque right from the start.
Depending on the driving conditions and the system requirements, drivers can access the boost torque across the entire range of speeds.
The E-Hybrid can also be driven in an all-electric mode for a distance ranging between 23 to 44km. The all-electric mode allows a top speed of 135km/h.
The Cayenne plug-in hybrid version takes 7.8 hours for a full charge. The optional 7.8-kilowatt onboard charger with 230 volts connection and 32 amps, brings down the charging time to just 2.3 hours.
Design features on the new Porsche Cayenne include new horizontal light edges and larger air intakes at the front of the SUV. The Cayenne gets LED headlamps as standard, while it also offers the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) or the LED Matrix Beam headlights with PDLS as an optional feature.
Other features available on the Cayenne include a heads-up display, massage seats, heated windscreen with individual heating with remote operations and the Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control.
The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid receives a completely new chassis. The Cayenne features the Porsche Active Suspension System (PASM), along with the optional electric Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation system and the 22-inch light metal wheels.
Thoughts On The New 2018 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
Once launched in India, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid will not have any direct rivals. The Volvo XC90 T8 is the only other hybrid luxury vehicle on sale in India. The hybrid offering from Volvo though is placed one segment lower than the Cayenne E-Hybrid.