Porsche India launches 2018 Cayenne, e-Hybrid

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 17 Oct 2018


L-R: Pavan Shetty, director of Porsche India and Peter Vogel, acting CEO and Sales Director of Porsche Middle East & Africa FZE, with the new Cayenne E-Hybrid in Mumbai.

Porsche India today expanded its Cayenne SUV model range. Having launched the range-topping Turbo model earlier this year, the German carmaker today launched two more variants of the third-generation model – the base variant and e-Hybrid – of the new-generation Cayenne SUV in India. While the base Cayenne is priced at Rs 1.19 crore, the e-Hybrid bears a sticker of Rs 1.58 crore (both prices, ex-showroom). The Cayenne Turbo is priced at Rs 1.92 crore.

The new Cayenne comes with a choice of V6 and V8 petrol engines offering 340 hp and 550 hp, combined with the standard eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. Currently the top performer in the series, the Cayenne Turbo accelerates from zero to 100 kph in 3.9 seconds (with Sport Chrono Package) and has a top speed of 286kph. The E-Hybrid variant develops 462hp and features a boost strategy, adopted from the 918 Spyder supercar. With a fully charged battery, it can travel 44 kilometres with a top speed of 135kph in all-electric mode.

Porsche will not be offering a diesel engine on the new Cayenne, as it has decided to do away with diesel engines for good. The new Cayenne is longer and wider than its predecessor, but also lighter by up to 65kg, owing to the extensive use of aluminium in its construction.

Speaking at the vehicle launch in Mumbai, Pavan Shetty, director of Porsche India, said: “Since its initial launch, the Cayenne has been one of our most popular models in India. I have no doubt that the third generation will continue this success story. Our latest addition to the range is at home on any road, but it is equally ready to explore new terrain, from India’s desert in the west to our jungles in the northeast. We are also very excited to be welcoming the new Cayenne E-Hybrid, as we see a growing interest from our customers in electric mobility.”

Peter Vogel, acting CEO and sales director of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, added: “No other model in the series surprises more than the Cayenne E-Hybrid. With its new standard Sport Chrono Package, optional sports exhaust system and four driving modes to choose from, this variant does not only stand for best-in-class performance but also real fun.” 

Porsche’s latest SUV features several assistance system as standard, including LED headlights, Warn and Brake Assist with predictive pedestrian protection, cruise control as well as front and rear Park Assist.
Deliveries of the new Cayenne variants are likely to commence shortly. The Cayenne is Porsche’s bestselling model in India and rivals the likes of the Range Rover Sport and the BMW X5 M in India.

Also see: 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo review, test drive