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EUGENE, Oregon—For years, we’ve heard how the colossal success of the Porsche Cayenne gave the aggregation the banking assets to advance its celebrated and cher sports cars, so it was about time the SUV got some love, as well. The 2019 archetypal year ushers in the third bearing of the Cayenne, and we get a cast new amalgam alternative on top of that.
In accession to a complete redesign and some notable improvements, the midsize affluence SUV now boasts a powertrain, instruments and added systems acquired from the 918 Spyder. Seriously. The engineers in Weissach drew afflatus from the 887-horsepower constituent amalgam sports car to advance apparatus for the new Cayenne E-Hybrid.
The third abundance of the Porsche Cayenne is a bright cut aloft the antecedent two in agreement of comfort, active dynamics, ergonomics and all-embracing quality. The E-Hybrid archetypal in accurate is 55 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, yet longer, wider, roomier and able with added accepted features. Credit goes to the aluminum anatomy panels and abundant alloys that accord to beneath weight and added rigidity.
Inside, a crystal-clear, high-resolution 12.3-inch touchscreen sits in the average of a clean-looking dashboard. In advanced of the disciplinarian is the acceptable five-dial array in 911 fashion, with configurable instruments sourced from the 918 Spyder. A added absolute tie to the closing can be begin in the drive approach bulge amid beneath the accumbent batten of the beautiful, leather-trimmed council wheel.
The centre animate appearance touch-sensitive icons and four HVAC controls, additional a rotary ambassador for the capital interface, addition for the cyberbanking parking brake, the manual selector and buttons for the adjustable damping and adherence ascendancy systems. It’s a abundant simpler blueprint than the old one, which resembled a accurate calculator. And it all works like a charm.
Naturally, Porsche advised the Cayenne E-Hybrid powertrain with a focus on performance, but that doesn’t beggarly it’s not able or frugal. The engineers bigger the accommodation of the liquid-cooled lithium-ion array by 30 percent, from 10.9 kWh to 14.1 kWh, after accretion its admeasurement or weight. They additionally congenital a 134-horsepower electric motor with 43 percent added achievement than the antecedent unit.
With the 335 application generated by the turbocharged 3.0-litre V6, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid has a accumulated appraisement of 456 horsepower. It can dart from 0-100 km/h in aloof 5.0 seconds, ability a top dispatch of 253 km/h and tow up to 3,500 kilograms (7,716 pounds) with the alternative package. The aggregation promises a ambit of 44 kilometres in EV approach and a ammunition burning as low as 3.4 L/100 km based on the awful optimistic European analysis standards. The numbers for North America accept yet to be announced.
The adorableness of the new Cayenne E-Hybrid lies in the near-perfect affiliation of the two ability sources and the seamless transitions amid them. It’s a abolitionist abandonment from the antecedent generation, which acquainted hesitating, hasty and alike blatant in authentic electric driving. Now the agent consistently starts in E-Power mode, aloof like the 918 Spyder.
You can afresh about-face to Amalgam Auto, Sport or Sport Additional approach at will application the above bulge on the council wheel. The electric propulsion intensifies in the action and the agitation agent accompanying accuse the array in Sport Additional mode. Alternatively, you can bottle the array or resume charging by selecting E-Hold or E-Charge, respectively, on the centre screen.
I spent the absolute media drive application either electric or amalgam propulsion. On the super-slick anchorage we encountered, I kept switching amid Amalgam Auto and Sport Additional modes depending on the abundance and ambit of the aeroembolism forth the way. The differences were anon noticeable. In Sport Additional mode, burke acknowledgment was abundant quicker and the adjustable air abeyance got stiffer while blurred ride acme by 20 millimetres. It alone takes one advance of a button to achieve the adequate ride of the Amalgam approach after accommodated the abeyant for active acceleration.
The accessible abeyance can additionally alter arena approval from 132 millimetres (easy admission to the cabin) to 244 millimetres (maximum off-road capability). Arena approval with the metal springs of the accepted Porsche Active Abeyance Management (PASM) arrangement is still a admirable 210 millimetres. Active rear-wheel steering, which is addition option, helps abate the axis ambit from 12.1 metres to 11.5 metres. The allowances in low-speed manoeuvres are obvious. However, the arrangement somehow lessens the accurateness of the council back the rear auto about-face hardly in the administration of the bend to access adherence at speeds over 80 km/h.
Smooth, comfortable, solid and quiet, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is a absolute success, alike admitting it’s not as adventurous as a GTS or as able as a Turbo. The amalgam powertrain requires no cede and proves analytic thrifty, acceptance drivers to biking a few dozen kilometres in authentic electric mode.
Once again, this agent is appealing big-ticket with a abject amount of $91,420. You’ll pay abundant added than that if you alpha abacus some options that appear accepted on abounding rivals, like adaptive cruise ascendancy or basement memory. But because the world-class performance, affection and active dynamics, one could altercate it’s account every penny. As for styling, we’ll let you be the judge.