After rolling out the all-new 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV, the automaker from Zuffenhausen has a new variant to show the world for the first time in New York next week.
Designed primarily as a way to reduce fleet emissions in the U.S., the Cayenne Hybrid is powered by the same advanced hybrid drivetrain as its platform-mate, the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid. That means a 333-horsepower supercharged V-6 from the Audi S4 and a 47-horsepower electric motor can be found underhood, paired with a decoupling clutch to allow each to run independently. Combined, the two power sources make a solid 380 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque and run through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Cayenne S Hybrid features a “hybrid controller” system that coordinates the two drive units through the center clutch, enabling the SUV to be driven nearly 40 mph on electric power alone. The Cayenne S Hybrid can also coast on the freeway at speeds up to 86 mph using only electric power. The Porsche’s infotainment display monitors power usage and alerts the driver as to which mode the Cayenne is running in – combined gas/electric or one of those two alone.
Pricing has yet to be determined and we expect to hear more in that regard when we get closer to the Cayenne S Hybrid’s U.S. showroom launch this Fall. For live coverage of this and other New York show vehicles, stay tuned on March 31 and April 1.