Cayenne plugs in to a new SUV generation
If you want to plug in to a new era then the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid works well
The E-Hybrid will be the cleanest Porsche Cayenne you can buy, if you remember to plug it in regularly, because it has a limited range as a full battery-electric car. It also has the capacity to use both the electric and petrol motors to run hard, plus it has all the ride, handling, connectivity and interior advantages of the stock new Cayenne, which has just gone on sale in SA. Forget to plug the E-Hybrid in to a power socket when it arrives here later in 2018 and you’re going to be stuck with a Cayenne that is 2,295kg and running almost completely on a 3.0l, turbocharged V6 petrol engine worth 250kW and 450Nm. Unimpressive, especially for a Porsche. Remember to charge up the 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery, though, and you’ll have 340kW and 700Nm underfoot, which is more like it and will sweep the E-Hybrid to 100km/h in 5.0 seconds. Don’t charge and you’ll be stuck (compared with the Cayenne S) lugging around 275kg of complicated, expensive stuff that can only hurt the car’s performan...