2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Priced At $76,400 – Details Released


Once again, Porsche has surprised us by offering a relatively cheap plug-in hybrid version of one of its existing models.  Cheap is relative here, as no Porsche qualifies as being cheap, but the clear winner in terms of bang-for-buck in the Cayenne lineup is now the plug-in hybrid version.

Like the Panamera S E-Hybrid, the upcoming Cayenne S E-Hybrid carries almost no premium over a comparable ICE Cayenne.  What’s a comparable ICE Cayenne? Well, it’s not the Cayenne S, which is less powerful and less loaded than the S E-Hybrid and it’s not the Cayenne Turbo, a beast of a machine with all the bells and whistles.  So, it’s somewhere in between and that’s where Porsche priced it.

Here’s the pricing breakdown for the all-new Cayenne lineup:

2016 Cayenne Pricing

2015 Cayenne Pricing

Porsche is proud to announce that with the U.S. launch of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, it will become the first automaker to offer three PHEVs in the US:

“The new generation of the Cayenne will be launched in four versions in the United States: Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, and the world premiere of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. This model, together with the Panamera S E-Hybrid and the 918 Spyder, make Porsche the world’s only car manufacturer to offer three plug-in hybrid models.”

Are there still naysayers out there who believe VW Group isn’t committed to plug-in vehicles?  You do know that Porsche is part of VW Group, right?  In fact, VW Group now offers more plug-in vehicles than any other automaker/automotive group in the world.

We believe that the S E-Hybrid version of the 2015 Cayenne will launch in the U.S. well before the end of 2014, making it the first plug-in SUV sold across the United States and, in the process, beating the Tesla Model X to market by several months and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV by – who knows how long?

2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Here’s the portion of the Porsche Cayenne press release that refers to the S E-Hybrid:

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. The technical progress made here is immense compared to the previous Cayenne S Hybrid. The new model has a lithium-ion traction battery with an energy capacity of 10.8 kWh, which enables pure electric driving. The power of the electric motor was more than doubled, from 47 hp to 95 hp, resulting in an all-electric top speed of 78 mph. Combined with the 3.0 liter supercharged V6 (333 hp), a total system power of 416 hp at 5,500 rpm and a total system torque of 435 lb.-ft. from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm is available. This enables driving performance on the level of a sports car: zero to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 151 mph. The traction battery can be charged from the electric power grid or while driving. Porsche Car Connect is standard on this vehicle, and allows the driver to pull relevant vehicle data from a smart phone.

The hybrid tradition at Porsche extends back to 1899 and the Lohner Porsche – the world’s first vehicle to have a battery-powered electric drive as well as a combustion engine, which was designed and built by Ferdinand Porsche. In the current model line-up, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is setting standards worldwide as the first plug-in vehicle of the premium class. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is now transferring this forward-looking technology to the premium SUV segment. Extraordinarily powerful hybrid technology has also already been implemented in a sports car, in a super sports car no less – the 918 Spyder. This car serves as an example of technology transfer from motorsport to production cars. The most advanced form of hybrid drive technology is currently implemented in the 919 Hybrid, and it is also being studied for production vehicles.

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“Are there still naysayers out there who believe VW Group isn’t committed to plug-in vehicles?”

For all those who said they would believe it when they see it (myself included), I guess we are seeing it. This is good news for sure!

VW has invested a lot of money to bring PHEVs/BEVs to their lineups, and we will see even more models in the next couple of years. The final proof will be in the sales numbers. I don’t expect Porsche to sell in huge numbers, but cars like the Passat PHEV should give other PHEVs a real run for their money.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

I am still skeptical. The batteries they use don’t have enough power to run as proper EREVs, so they’re basically reenacting Toyota’s strategy of 5+ years ago.

When we see a proper EREV whose electric motor(s) are more powerful than its genset, has at least as much battery as Volt, and can perform fully solely on electric then I’ll be impressed.

Stop being such a glass-half-empty guy.

Turning a gas guzzler into a PHEV is great news, and pricing it roughly the same as the equally performing gas-only model is fantastic. And 10.8kWh is a far cry from Toyota’s weakass PiP or Ford’s half-assed Energi line.

I can only hope VW Group’s other PHEVs meet the same goals.

“When we see a proper EREV whose electric motor(s) are more powerful than its genset, has at least as much battery as Volt, and can perform fully solely on electric”

Seems like a rather arbitrary requirement to me. In other words, if they don’t do as well as the best option on the market, they may as well not bother?

To me, the line is much lower – any car with a plug is a step in the right direction. A PHEV may not be *as* good as an EREV, but it is still a step in the right direction. If a PHEV burns twice as much gas as an EREV, it is still saving 80% of an ICE (compared to the 90% saved by the EREV). Diminishing returns….

The line is lower with me too, but the expectation from and frankly the responsibility of one of the largest and most influential car makers in the world is rather steep.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Progress is when you look at the best and do better. Stagnation is when what they did is good enough, why bother trying harder?

BMW deserves credit for their CFRP and other architectural work, but beyond BMW/Tesla/Nissan/GM, nobody’s really moved the chain.

Brian, where do you get “saving 80%” of an ICE’s consumption? Are you assuming a ginger, 9 mile trip to work? With guaranteed destination charging, I see your point a whole lot better. Since this Cayenne will be so close to the 12kwh Outlander, it will be interesting to see relative EPA AER.

80% was just a WAG based on numbers reported by Energi drivers. I assumed that the Porsche will get about the same AER on a typical commute.

Pick a different number if you like. My point is that an EREV burns gasoline, but very little of it. A PHEV may burn 2-3x as much gasoline as an EREV, but 3x a very small number is a small number. The result is diminishing returns going from a PHEV to an EREV to a BEV.

The Outlander is good for 50-60km in pure EV mode with a twin motor output if 120kw.

I think VW is committed.

I don’t think this is a great vehicle though . . . why not get the Model X instead. This Cayenne model just seems like a clever ploy to get a green sticker for a CUV.

For those that want to travel off of the SuperCharger railroad … and that’s coming from someone with a deposit on a Model X.

+1. It’s the first real direct competition (with the Model X) that Tesla will have, and I expect it will limit sales of the latter until the SC network is far more robust than it is now. And for anyone who thinks the Falcon Wing doors are a needless and expensive complication that makes it impossible to carry canoes and kayaks (or most anything else, barring a contraption that has Rube Goldberg laughing his ass off in his grave) on the roof, the Cayenne has practical options that the Model X lacks.

The new Cayenne S E-Hybrid brings “immense” advances over the existing Hybrid S model. The new plug-in model sees the power of the electric motor more than double from 34kW to 70kW, while the new model’s lithium-ion battery (10.9kWh) allows for between 18 and 36 kilometres of electric-only motoring, depending on the style of driving and the roads involved.

Accompanying the electric motor and battery bank is a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine producing 245kW of power, with total combined power capped at 306kW at 5500rpm, while peak torque of 590Nm is available between 1250-4000rpm. The German maker claims the Cayenne S E-Hybrid can jump from 0-100km/h in just 5.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 243km/h (or 125km/h in EV mode).

Porsche claims combined cycle fuel consumption of just 3.4 litres per 100km – a huge 59 per cent drop over the existing hybrid model. Recharging can be done on the road (via regenerative brakes or by using the engine as a generator) or via a conventional power plug.
From “The Motor Report”

I didn’t see a range listed.. Based on battery size, I’m guessing 20 to 25 miles AER.

Now.. This should be sort of a slap in the face for cadillac being priced the same as the ELR. Now granted, the ELR is more impressive on looks and EV range, but it’s not a porsche.

Looks are highly subjective. I suspect there are just as many people (if not more) who will prefer the look of a Porsche to that of a Cadillac. To me, the ELR looks basically like the much cheaper CTS. Both of which look angular and ugly. A good looking car should look sleek and aerodynamic, not angular and boxy. It’s not the 1970s anymore.

yes, a good looking car = sleek & sexy

aka model s

I’d much rather the Porsche.

a cayenne over the elr? heck no

Haha, never thought of it that way.

Yeah, the EPA range is probably gonna be 20-25 miles, but that’s still enough to save over a gallon per charge, or maybe $1500/yr. Then you have better fuel economy for the rest of the mileage as well, and ~$5k tax credit on top.

It’s a no brainer.

“Are there still naysayers”

I’ll bite, YES.
-3.0 supercharged V6 gets 21mpg combined, this will likely be CS mode in the PHEV
-At 10.8kwh, in a Cayenne, you’ll be using gas in ~17-19 miles, my guess.
-S-E PHEV comes at a whopping $14,700 premium to the diesel, getting 23mpg

While it’s the first in VW Group’s entire PHEV line-up to shatter the 10kwh barrier (/sarc), the price-point is someplace where Porsche could EASILY have supplied more storage. Doubling the horsepower of the electric motor will only soak up what they gave it that much faster. Remember, this thing is ~4,500+lbs.

I wouldn’t call this ‘commitment’. No, commitment is listening to your customers and delivering what would work for their needs. Actually, it goes beyond this if marketing can do one better and beat a customer’s own realization of what they want. Look at the statistics of daily driving needs, price the missing 10-20kwh against what Porsche is asking, consider the nominal weight gain, and I don’t think we’re looking at real commitment.

The SEH is not $14k more then the diesel. I configured both with the same options and it was about about $7k more (before the $5k tax credit), so net #2k delta.

The SEH has more standard options that you get charged for on the Diesel.

If it is the same drivetrain as Panamera, there will be only one comment: BORING!

Panamera PHEV is a joke, and I am afraid even with 95 HP this will be another one.

Volvo and BMW it is time for your releases.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

The rear drive should be electric 200kW+, preferably split between 2 motors to eliminate the diff and provide “limited slip/positraction” as well as torque vectoring for better handling and more efficient traction control.

Front wheels should be Voltec-style.

I like it. We’re talking about a company that charges >$6,000, for seats. Why not?

No Falcon Wing doors, no sale! 😉

First SUV in the states? Toyota RAV 4EV begs to differ.

Personally I am still doubting VW commitment to plugins since they recently shelved their audi pure electric plans.

That said, I will give them props for pricing a hybrid comparable to the gasoline version.

“First SUV in the states? Toyota RAV 4EV begs to differ.”

Last I checked, California is A STATE, not THE STATES.

Naysayers. Yep. When they truly make an EV we can give them credit. Until then, just another automaker tied to oil and afraid to go EV.

Sometimes pure EV isn’t the most effective way to displace combustion-powered miles:

I see a fair number of Cayenne’s around where I live.

However, I suspect that sales are gonna be in trouble when the Model X hits the market.

Honestly, my biggest concern with electric from VAG is VAG quality. These guys aren’t exactly know for building trouble-free rides (even in recent years where quality has improved, there are still a few too many horror stories out there). Add in the additional complexity and ELECTRICAL SYSTEM complexity at that…eek. The Japanese tend to have this down…the Euro makes…not so much. Heck, check out the Facebook page for BMW i3 owners. Even the most ardent i3 fan has to acknowledge there are a number of issues so far (well beyond the pervasive check engine light on the REXes).

Chris I can’t speak for VAG but as this article is about Porsche all I can suggest is to spend some time on JD Power’s website and it is clear that Porsche does things right.