Porsche is adding two new hybrids to its range of plug-in Panameras

Porsche has announced two new plug-in hybrid Panameras as German automakers look to hedge their bets by offering a wider range of electrified options.

At the end of last year, Porsche unveiled the third generation Panamera, including the Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid as the first of four Panamera E-Hybrid models that will eventually be offered. Today the car manufacturer is adding two more: the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid. The fourth model will be announced at a later date.

With the introduction of these two new variants, Porsche says it is responding to “the significant demand for efficient and dynamic E-Hybrid drivetrains”. Hybrids are in increasing demand in several markets, even as sales growth of pure battery-electric vehicles slows.

But it’s Porsche, so it won’t be cheap. The 4 E-Hybrid starts at $117,495, while the 4S E-Hybrid starts at $128,795 (both including destination charges). Pre-orders can be placed from the end of March, with deliveries expected to begin in the fall.

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will offer better acceleration and improved torque by combining a new hybrid system with a “significantly updated” 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine producing 224 kW or 300 hp. The combined system produces 346 kW or 463 hp, with maximum torque of 479 lb.-ft., acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 280 km/h.

Meanwhile, the 4S E-Hybrid will also feature a 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine with a slightly higher output of 260 kW or 348 hp. The total system will produce 400 kW or 536 hp and a maximum torque of 553 lb.-ft. This allows the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 300 km/h.

These two new models offer even more benefits, including faster charging speed and better throttle response. The new battery is also larger, with a gross capacity of 25.9 kWh, putting it among the top plug-in hybrids. Porsche says it represents about 45 percent more capacity than its predecessors.

An on-board 11 kW AC charger can charge the battery in just two hours under the right conditions. And an all-new electric motor, which complements the gas engine, will deliver 140 kW (187 hp) and 331 lb.-ft on its own. of torque, making it more powerful than the previous generation.

The 4 and 4S both start in all-electric E-Power mode when switched on. As soon as the battery’s charge level falls below a certain minimum value, the system automatically switches to Hybrid Auto mode, which controls the drivetrain based on the current driving situation, according to Porsche. And a smart navigation system sends route information to the vehicle, which is processed by the Hybrid Auto mode to ‘optimize the powertrain strategy’. For example, the driving mode can be optimized to consume less energy when driving in the city, with many stops and starts.

Two additional driving modes, E-Hold and E-Charge, also offer unique benefits. In E-Hold mode, the current state of charge of the battery is maintained. In E-Charge mode, the battery is charged up to 80 percent by the combustion engine at speeds above 55 km/h.

In Sport and Sport Plus mode, the target battery charge level is reduced to 20 and 30 percent respectively (previously 30 percent and 80 percent). This is aimed at hopefully improving battery life without sacrificing performance.

Porsche has had some trouble lately, announcing a fully electric Macan and an updated Taycan with ultra-fast charging capabilities. But as the EV sales pace regains its footing, the automaker is hedging its bets by expanding the number of hybrid models it has available.

Porsche has been in the hybrid game for more than 10 years, offering plug-in hybrid versions of the Cayenne and Panamera, as well as non-plug-in hybrid models of the Panamera and Cayenne.

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