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2014-07-25 13:23

NEW CAYENNE: Porsche will debut an E-Hybrid in their new Cayenne. Image : Newspress

LONDON, England - Porsche UK has announced a new generation of the Cayenne, the key characteristics of which include sharper design, boosted efficiency and an extensive range of standard features.

As "a sports car among sport utility vehicles", Porsche says, besides having five seats and extensive features the Cayenne also has a lot of room for a lot of driving fun with the high performance typical of the brand.

The Cayenne is a unique success story at Porsche. The company introduced the first generation in 2002and made the idea of a sports car in the SUV segment a reality – and it set a benchmark.


Sales have exceeded all expectations, the automaker says; 276 000 of the first-generation Porsche Cayenne were produced (2002-2010) and around 303 000 of the second generation post-2010.

The new Cayenne full range is available to order now but first deliveries will only arrive towards the end of 2014 in South Africa. The new generation of the Cayenne will be launched in five versions: Cayenne Diesel, S, S Diesel, Turbo and S E-Hybrid.

Porsche says the E-Hybrid is the world's first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. This model, together with the Panamera S E-Hybrid and the 918 Spyder, will make Porsche the world's only automaker to offer three plug-in hybrid models.


A further development is the new 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine in the Cayenne S, that was fully developed by Porsche. Overall, every Cayenne power train shows improved performance figures as well as better fuel economy than equivalent previous versions.

Porsche claims that numerous individual modifications such as the auto stop/start function has enabled less fuel consumption.


The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. The technical progress made here is immense compared with the previous S Hybrid model. The new car features a lithium-ion traction battery with an energy capacity of 10.9 kWh, which enables an all-electric driving range of 18 to 36 km, depending on the style of driving and nature of the route.

The power of the electric motor has more than doubled from 34kW to 70kW. The combined fuel consumption is (79 g/km CO2). The three-litre V6 supercharged engine 245 kW and the electric motor (70 kW) produce a combined system power of 306 kW at 5,500 rpm and a total system torque of 590 Newton metres from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm. This enables driving performance at the level of a sports coupé: 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 243km/h. The top speed in all-electric mode is 123km/h.

The 4.2-litre V8 engine of the Cayenne S Diesel produces 283 kW at 3,750 rpm and awe-inspiring torque of 850 Newton metres from 2,000 to 2,750 rpm. From a standstill, it reaches 62 mph in 5.4 seconds (5.3 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package). Its top speed is 250 km/h, and its NEDC fuel consumption is 8.1-litres/100 km and emissions of 209g/km.

Chassis tuning of the new Cayenne has been optimised for even greater comfort, naturally without compromising dynamic pace. This makes the spread between comfort and sporting responsiveness even greater than before – and serves to emphasise the Cayenne claim to being the sports car in the SUV segment.


For the latest generation Cayenne, Porsche stylists have given the car an even sharper design with precise lines and purposefully-placed angles intended to catch the light. Entirely new are the design of the front body, the front wheel arches and the bonnet. Also new are the airblades in the nose; these air fins on the right and left of the front end are designed to efficiently guide air to the intercoolers, and also make a strong visual statement.

At first glance, the new Cayenne can be clearly identified by its bi-xenon headlights, which are standard on Cayenne and S models, with characteristic four-point LED daytime running lights typical of Porsche. The distinctive appearance of the high performance standard bearer, the Cayenne Turbo, is further emphasised by LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System fitted as standard.

The rear of the new Cayenne also reflects this new styling treatment. The number plate recess, boot handle and lights are now integrated more elegantly into the tailgate. The designers also re-shaped the car's horizontal lines. The newly-designed exhaust tailpipes are integrated in the lower rear section. An automatically opening/closing tailgate is standard.

SA prices will be released during the late-2014 launch.

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