Porsche announces premiere of a parallel full hybrid model at Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 15, 2011

Porsche has revealed that it will unveil a new parallel hybrid model at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Porsche, whose first hybrid model is the 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid, has yet to provide details about this new model though. So far, what we know is that it will be the next step in its “Intelligent Performance” philosophy, which had made the 918 Spyder’s production possible.

Last fall, it was reported that Porsche was developing a hybrid variant of its popular Panamera sedan. This car was set to be equipped with a parallel hybrid setup comprised of a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 coupled to an electric motor -– similar to the Cayenne S Hybrid’s setup.

Porsche’s hybrid powertrain in the Cayenne delivers speeds up to 37 mph on electricity alone. The supercharged hybrid powertrain delivers 333hp and 325 pound-feet of torque from the gasoline engine, and 47hp and 221 pound-feet of torque from electric motor.

Even as this version of a Panamera hybrid is a safe bet for Porsche’s unveiling; there is actually another Panamera hybrid in the works.

A few months ago, Porsche CEO Mathias Muller confirmed that the company was developing a plug-in hybrid model based on the Panamera Turbo.

The Turbo’s twice-boosted 4.8-liter V-8 has an impressive output of 500hp and 516 pound-feet of torque. Many are eager to see this powertrain coupled to a plug-in hybrid setup and for it to go past the development stage. Porsche said that for now, it is studying the car’s viability in the market.

Without a doubt, the new Porsche Cayenne now dons a clear and convincing design language. After all, the new Porsche Cayenne now looks more dynamic and more sporting, as well as more Porsche than before. Designing the next generation Porsche Cayenne was not without any challenges. Designers saw the need to provide more interior space and enhance the level of variability. To cater to this need, Porsche extended the wheelbase by 40 mm (1.6 inch), the overall length by 48 mm (1.9 inch), the height by 6 mm (0.24 inch) and the width by 11 mm (0.43 inch).

With this new design, the Porsche Cayenne now features a more imposing stance on the road. Moreover, this new design makes the new Porsche Cayenne more compact even though it is larger in all aspects. When viewed from all angles, the new Cayenne more clearly exposes the shape and design themes typical of Porsche.

Its front end is marked by a larger center air scoop, while the sides feature two smaller air intakes. These newly designed air scoops highlight the athletic nature and the dynamic elegance of the new Cayenne while confirming the superior power and performance the new model could offer.

Boosting the imposing and aggressive appearance are its sharply contoured wings that rise up above the engine compartment lid. Thanks to the Powerdome and the new V-shape of the lid, Porsche was able to place more emphasis on the engine compartment from the front. Furthermore, the tapering front end visually lowers the Porsche Cayenne’s center of gravity while outer air intakes provide greater emphasis to the vehicle’s special appearance similar to that of a sports car.

All Porsche Cayenne versions feature the new headlight graphics with the extra inner lights typical of Porsche. The headlight units feature darker panels and silver-colored rings, providing the Porsche Cayenne with a more dynamic appearance along with the positioning lights on the side air intakes.

All new Porsche Cayenne models now have LED daytime driving lights integrated in the sidelights. On the Cayenne, the Cayenne Diesel, the Cayenne S, and the Cayenne S Hybrid, these sidelights are found on the upper edge of the outer air intakes. On the Cayenne Turbo, meanwhile, the sidelights are extended into the outer air intakes, with four LED spots serving as daytime lights in the main headlamps.

On the other hand, the new Porsche Cayenne features newly designed and flatter exterior mirrors, which have its bases on the doorsill and no longer in the mirror triangle. The new design and position of these new mirrors take up the lines of the front end and seamlessly integrates with the overall design of the car – thereby reducing wind noise and improving aerodynamics and visibility in tight bends.

Taking up the place of the mirror triangle in the latest iteration of the Porsche Cayenne is an additional window that further enhances aerodynamics and visibility. Porsche Cayenne models are given different front features to distinguish them from each other.

For instance, V8 models and the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid are marked by black air intakes at the side while the Cayenne and Cayenne Diesel are indicated by intake louvers finished in body color. On the other hand, the Cayenne Turbo features a uniquely designed center air intake and a more distinctive Powerdome.

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