2015 Porsche Cayenne Plug-In Hybrid Spied

The Porsche Cayenne is going under the knife for a nip-tuck, and the procedure will include the addition of a plug-in hybrid model. These spy photos reveal that all versions of the Porsche Cayenne will receive a mild facelift at the same time the battery-powered variant arrives.

Parent company Volkswagen Group confirmed in a financial report that it would introduce a plug-in hybrid Porsche Cayenne this year. The move comes a year after Porsche's only other front-engine car, the Panamera sedan, enjoyed a freshening and the addition of an S E-Hybrid model. Like the Panamera, expect the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid to combine a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine with a 9.4 kWh battery pack and a 95 hp electric motor, providing an all-electric driving range of close to 20 miles.

The test car seen here clearly sports a charging port on its left-rear fender, the opposite side to the fuel filler cap. There are no other obvious differences visible, but if other Porsche models like the 918 Spyder and Panamera S E-Hybrid are any indication, look for lime-green brake calipers and badges to help distinguish the eco-friendly variant.

Our spy shooters also managed to catch standard versions of the 2015 Porsche Cayenne, which appear to benefit from a mild face lift. At the front, we spot a new fascia with reshaped lower air intakes, while the rear sports a new bumper design. Given how much camouflage tape is applied to them, we also expect the taillights will be redesign, possibly to look more like those on the 2015 Porsche Macan. The Cayenne, meanwhile, could also receive some mild mechanical tweaks. The S model will most likely follow the lead of the Panamera S, swapping its 4.8-liter V-8 engine for a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6.

Expect the refreshed 2015 Porsche Cayenne, and its plug-in hybrid variant, to debut at a major European auto show later this year.

Patrick Free
I can't believe they don't take this chance moving to a much larger SUV formfactor to TRIPPLE the Battery size that is far too small. <10KWH means 2 x charges per day to secure for my usual local commutes, so I can do them "all Electric". Far too complex to organize (Need one always available charger at home and one at my office car parks), and be "always pluged-in"... Just not practical. Need to tripple that battery size and reach current far cheaper small full-EVs capacity to make that practical, still adding the ICE engines that is missing on the Full EVs today, preventing to also go on vacation with them. Hope Porsche will CORRECT this feature before this new car goes to market, or market will again ignore it, like for previous meaningless Cayenne Hybrid...

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