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2020 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Overview

Porsche’s original SUV, the Cayenne, has been around since 2003. A hybrid model with a V6 backed by an electric motor arrived for 2010, and then a plug-in version called the Cayenne E-Hybrid joined the lineup for 2015, making it the first plug-in hybrid in the increasingly competitive premium luxury SUV market. The E-Hybrid range expands for 2020 with a new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, available in both standard form, and as a coupe with a lower roofline and wider rear track than the standard Cayenne. A coupe version of the standard E-Hybrid is also new for 2020. Based on the same platform as the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, Cayenne E-Hybrids stand out with Acid Green coloring around the badges and with Acid Green brake calipers.

Porsche uses hybrid technology to enhance performance. The new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is, in fact, the most powerful Cayenne Porsche has ever sold, with the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8’s 541 horsepower working with an electric motor for a combined system output of 670 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to get the hefty, battery-laden SUV from 0-60 mph in a claimed 3.6 seconds and on to 183 mph.

The standard E-Hybrid is no slouch, with a 3.0-liter turbo V6 working with the electric motor to produce 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Fuel-economy figures for the new trims aren’t out yet, but the 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid manages 22 combined mpg or 46 MPGe. And when it comes time to recharge, Porsche claims that an upgrade to the charging system allows for completely recharging the 14.1-kWh battery in as few as 2.4 hours with a 240-volt connection.

In addition to the herculean performance, the new Turbo S E-Hybrid also gets carbon-composite brakes, Porsche Torque Vectoring, and the Sport Chrono Package as standard equipment. Rear-wheel steering and a sports exhaust are both available options. E-Hybrid Coupes, meanwhile, are available with a Lightweight Sport Package that sheds up to 48 pounds, thanks to a carbon-fiber roof and carbon fiber for several body pieces. Coupes also get a fixed rear spoiler above the rear window, along with a new adaptive rear spoiler.

As has long been the case with Cayennes, the interior of the latest version is a very nice place to be with fantastic attention to detail, plenty of standard equipment, and an ample amount of tempting options. In front of the driver are two 7-inch LCD screens flanking a central tachometer, and each of the LCD screens can be configured to read like gauges or display a wide range of data and telemetry. In the middle of the dash, meanwhile, is a 12.3-inch touchscreen similar to that found in other Porsches. The Cayenne and Cayenne E-Hybrid are too expensive for crash testing, but forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are both standard features. Optional extras include a head-up display (HUD), lane-change assist, cross-traffic detection, and blind-spot monitoring.

There are plenty of high-end SUVs that are both sporty and luxurious, but there are fewer with hybrid or electric powertrains. One obvious alternative to the Cayenne E-Hybrid is the all-electric Tesla Model X, which has an impressive range and is devastatingly quick. A loaded BMW X5 or Range Rover may also be worth considering.

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Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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