New Looks and a Big Power Boost for 2019 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
When the third-generation Porsche Cayenne debuted, it hit the show circuit sans the S E-Hybrid plug-in model. But recently, Porsche released this potent plug-in and all its amazing updates.
Of course, the 2019 Cayenne S E-Hybrid will roll in wearing the same stunning garb as the rest of the new Cayenne lineup. This includes a brand-new face, striking new full-width taillights, a shapelier body and a completely revamped interior. Despite all these changes, the Cayenne remains strangely familiar.
Beyond the visual updates, the S E-Hybrid gets a brand-new powertrain that includes the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine as the standard Cayenne. In the S E-Hybrid, it gets some electrification to boost its output a little. This brings it to a whopping 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, which are improvements of 39 horsepower and 81 pound-feet of torque over last year’s model. This new powertrain rockets the Cayenne S E-Hybrid to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds – a 0.7-second improvement – and through the quarter mile in just 13.3 seconds, which is nearly a second improvement.
On electricity alone, the 2019 Cayenne S E-Hybrid can hit 83 miles per hour. Porsche also says NEDC tests show it can travel up to 27 miles on electricity alone, but EPA testing, which is generally far more conservative than the NEDC, won’t be complete until the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is closer to production. I assume we’ll see it in the 20-mile range, which would still be a 6-mile improvement.
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid will hit showrooms in early 2019 at a starting price of $79,900, plus a $1,050 destination charge.