An all-new, next-generation Porsche Cayenne sport-utility will debut at the Geneva motor show in early March
The highlight of the range is the new Cayenne S Hybrid, which features a highly-sophisticated parallel full hybrid drive system. With V8 power and fuel economy of a V6, the new 380bhp supercharged V6/electric motor hybrid averages 8.2 L/100 km.
What makes the Cayenne S Hybrid unique is its ability to cruise at high speeds on electric power alone. The gasoline engine can be completely switched off and disengaged from the drivetrain at speeds of up to 156 km/h. In this so-called sailing – or cruising – mode, the drag forces exerted by the combustion engine and their braking effect are eliminated in the interest of lower resistance and fuel consumption.
And a seven-speed transmission is so early 2010, a new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission is the go-between the engine and the wheels.
A new design outside means the Cayenne is now 48 mm longer – the extra 40 mm in wheelbase ensures extra space and greater versatility. The front end of the current Cayenne has always been amazing, it’s even more so now.
A new design inside means the driver and passengers enjoy a touch-screen infotainment interface and a centre console which, like the Panamera, rises up to meet the dashboard. Porsche’s traditional set of five round instruments includes a high-resolution circular TFT screen to the right of the tachometer. It can be used to change radio stations or vehicle settings, or access the navigation system and view the map. Rear-seat comfort is much improved as well. The bench slides fore-and-aft by 160 mm, while the backrest can be adjusted to three different angles.
Heavy right footers will embrace the Cayenne Turbo – 500-bhp, 4.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 of power, but get this, 23% less fuel consumption.
The new Porsche Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo go on sale in Canada in July. Canadian Porsche Centres will offer the Cayenne and Cayenne S Hybrid in the fall.
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