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The Porsche Cayenne variant has been upgraded to take on a sharper design and an extended list of features. On top of the four Cayenne versions available, Porsche has introduced the Cayenne S E-Hybrid; the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid, along with the Panamera S E-Hybrid and 918 Spyder, make Porsche the world’s only carmaker to offer three plug-in hybrid variants.

The Cayenne variant first came up in 2002 as the Stuttgart marque’s impressionable sporty SUV and sold over 276,000 units from its eight-year lifespan. The second and current generation Cayenne has generated around 303,000 units, since its appearance in 2010.

The Porsche Cayenne with a new Cayenne S E-Hybrid version gets plenty of relevant updates

On the 2015 Cayenne’s outlook, Porsche has added precise lines and purposefully placed light refracting edges to sharpen the front fascia. And thanks to a new front body, wings, bonnet and airblades, a strong visual appeal is achieved. Bi-Xenons, with LED DRLs are standard for the base and S versions. The top flight Cayenne Turbo gets an additional Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) feature.

From the rear, there are the 3-D effect lights and four-element brake lights. The license plate recess, boot handle and lights are now integrated more elegantly into the boot lid. Other rear highlights include newly designed exhaust tailpipes that are now integrated in the lower rear section, and an auto. boot lid.

In the interior, there’s ample driver’s space, plus a new multifunction sport steering (resembling that of the 918 Spyder) with shift paddles as standard and a more comfortable rear seating system, with optional ventilation.

A new engine developed entirely by Porsche is the 3.6-liter V6 biturbo for the Cayenne S. The engine pushes a maximum power of 420 hp (309 kW) at 6,000 rpm (20 hp/15 kW up) and 550 Nm (+50 Nm) of torque from 1,350 to 4,500 rpm. With its standard eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission, the Cayenne S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds (5.4 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package). Top speed reaches 259 km/h and NEDC fuel consumption is between 9.5 – 9.8 l/100 km (223-229 g/km CO2).

The Cayenne 3.0l and 4.2l diesel versions output 262 to 385 hp and sprint the century mark in 5.4 and 7.3s. Top speed figures are 221 km/h for the Cayenne Diesel and 252 for the S Diesel.

For the top-of-the-line Cayenne Turbo, the 4.8l powerplant does 520 hp (382 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 750 Nm of torque from 2,250 to 4,000 rpm. This lets the Cayenne Turbo accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds (4.4 seconds with Sport Chrono) and achieve a top speed of 279 km/h. Fuel consumption is 11.2 – 11.5 l/100 km (261-267 g/km CO2).

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, the first Plug-in Hybrid in the Premium SUV segment

The new Cayenne S E-Hybrid has a 3.0l V6 twin-turbo engine with an electric motor that generates another 95 hp for a collective 416 hp and total torque of 590 Nm. This means the Hybrid Cayenne does 0 – 100 km/h 5.9s and a top speed of 243 km/h. On all electric mode, the top speed is 125 km/h.

Efficiency of the new Cayennes is attributed to a coasting function, the further advanced “auto stop-start function plus” and optimized thermal management, as well as active cooling air flaps; used for the first time in the Cayenne variant.

Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) anticipates a Q1 2015 revelation of the new Cayenne in Malaysia.