Porsche boss says electrified Cayenne coming

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 by

Now that the third-gen is out and coming to the UAE this November, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume says hybrids are next

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At the launch of the third-gen Cayenne SUV in Zuffenhausen, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told Auto Middle East electrified Cayennes are coming…

After 760,000 units sold since launching the nameplate in 2002, it’s safe to say the Cayenne is fairly important to Zuffenahusen. Porsche has just released its third-generation Cayenne SUV, ready to make its Middle East debut at the with prices for the entry level model starting from AED298,300.

Initially customers will be able to choose from the 340-horsepower entry-level car and the 440-horsepower Cayenne S, the former powered by a single-turbo 3.0-litre V6 and the latter banking on a twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6.

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The new Cayenne starts in the UAE from AED298,300

Considering the Cayenne is based on the same platform underpinning the Audi Q7 (and the Bentley Bentayga), Volkswagen Group’s MLB modular architecture, it’s not as simple as assuming the SUV will get the same treatment as the Panamera, which sits on the Group’s MSB Weissach-developed platform.

However we can still expect Porsche to headline the third-generation range with an upcoming, but as-yet officially unconfirmed, Turbo S E-Hybrid worth a system total of 680 horsepower thanks to a 550hp V8 and battery-electric motors.

For sure we are planning some hybrid versions in the upcoming months.

At the launch event on the rooftop of Porsche’s Zuffenhausen museum, company boss Oliver Blume told Auto Middle East: “We think electro mobility fits very good with Porsche, because in motor sport we won three times in a row the most famous race in the world at Le Mans with plug-in hybrids.

“This is technology that we are using now for the new Panamera, and we will bring this technology for the new Cayenne. We will also use our electric experience from the Mission E starting in 2019, and we think electro-mobility is a very good fit for Porsche.”

Porsche’s head of vehicle dynamics, Manfred Harrer, who was responsible for the new Cayenne’s rear-axle steering and three-chamber air suspension (for the first time on an SUV) as well as industry-first tungsten-coated cast-iron brakes, added: ““We start with the basic Cayenne and the Cayenne S, but you can imagine we will bring more cars to the market very soon. Hybrids are becoming more and more important and for sure we are planning some hybrid versions in the upcoming months.” 

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