2015 Porsche Cayenne Unveiled: Plug-in Hybrid, New Twin-Turbo V6 and Updated Styling

Porsche has taken the wraps off the updated 2015 Porsche Cayenne.


Porsche has taken the wraps off the updated 2015 Porsche Cayenne. For 2015 the Cayenne will be offered in four versions in the United States: Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, and the new plug-in hybrid Cayenne S E-Hybrid.

Overall the styling of the 2015 Cayenne hasn’t changed that much. From the front you might notice that the 2015 Cayenne has restyled fenders and a new hood. New “airblade” fins on each side of the lower front fascia are used to guide air to the intercoolers for cooling and Bi-Xenon headlights are standard on all models except the Turbo, which gets LED headlights.

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The rear of the 2015 Cayenne now has a three-dimensional effect according to Porsche. The brake lights – like the LED daytime running lights in front – are designed in four elements. The license plate recess, tailgate handle and lights are now integrated into the tailgate lid and the Cayenne’s horizontal lines were also re-designed, giving the vehicle an even fuller stance on the road. The newly designed exhaust tailpipes are now integrated in the lower rear fascia.

The bigger news for the 2015 Cayenne is the introduction of the plug-in hybrid Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which is powered by a 3.0 liter supercharged V6 and 95 horsepower electric motor for a total output of 416 horsepower. It accelerates the Cayenne S E-Hybrid from zero to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 151 mph. Porsche hasn’t announced how far it can travel in electric mode, but it can travel up to 78 mph in electric mode.

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The other big change is the introduction of the new twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 in the Cayenne S. The 3.6L V6 replaces the old 4.8L V8 and generates 420-hp, 20 more than the old engine. The Cayenne S accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds (5.1 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package) – 0.4 seconds faster than the previous Cayenne S. The vehicle’s top speed is 160 mph.

The Cayenne Diesel continues with the same 240-hp 3.0L, turbocharged V6 diesel engine with 406 lb-ft. of torque and the Cayenne Turbo is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.8L V8 with 520-hp and 553 lb-ft.

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The 2015 Cayenne arrives in November with the Cayenne Diesel starting at $61,700, the Cayenne S at $74,100, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid starts at $76,400 and the Cayenne Turbo starts at $113,600.

Source: Porsche