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2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Revealed

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Revealed

Snapshot: The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is expected to become available in North America by July 2017 with pricing to be announced at a later date.

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Porsche has digitally revealed the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid ahead of its world premiere at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The new variant in the Panamera lineup comes with an all-electric range of upto 50 kilometers, while having all-wheel drive as standard. The new 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is expected to become available in North America by July 2017 with pricing to be announced at a later date.

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The new Porsche plug-in hybrid would always starts in electric mode and serve as a zero-emission vehicle with a maximum speed on battery power of 138kmph. And yet, this Panamera would still be a sports car among luxury sedans: the all-wheel drive four-door Porsche would attain a top track speed of 277kmph while delivering a total system torque of 700Nm. The torque would be transferred to all the four wheels. The newest plug-in hybrid sports sedan would break the 0-100kmph barrier in just 4.5 seconds.

The electric motor would be supplied power via a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. And despite the increase in energy content of the battery from 9.4 to 14.1 kWh (integrated under the luggage compartment floor), its weight has remained the same. The high-voltage battery would take just 12 hours to fully charge via a common 120 V, 10 amp connection. If the optional 7.2 kW on-board charger is utilized instead of the standard 3.6 kW unit, the charging times would further decrease to under three hours with a 240 V, 40 amp connection. In addition, the charging process can also be initiated using a timer via Porsche Communication Management (PCM) or the Porsche Car Connect app (for smartphones and Apple Watches). For those asking, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid would feature standard auxiliary air conditioning which can cool or heat the passenger compartment during charging.

As with the 918 Spyder, the power of the Panamera electric motor – 136bhp and 400Nm of torque – would be made available as soon as the driver touches the accelerator pedal. On the predecessor model, the pedal needed to be pressed at least 80 percent of the way down to unleash the additional power of the electric drive's "E-Boost" mode. Now, the electric motor is available to deliver additional power at any time. The new 2.9L twin-turbo V6 would generate 330bhp and 448Nm. It would be linked to the new Porsche eight-speed Doppelkupplung (PDK) automatic transmission.

Inside the cabin, the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid would boast of newly designed display and control concept in the form of the standard Porsche Advanced Cockpit with touch-sensitive panels and individually configurable displays. Two seven-inch screens either side of the analog tachometer would form the interactive cockpit, and in contrast to the other Panamera variants, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid would flaunt a power meter tailored to hybrid operation. A 12.3-inch touchscreen system would function as the centralized Porsche Communication Management (PCM) control and display unit. 

The Sport Chrono Package, which integrates a mode switch into the steering wheel, forms part of the standard equipment on the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The mode switch and PCM are used to activate the various driving modes. These modes include the familiar "Sport" and "Sport Plus" modes from other Panamera models equipped with the Sport Chrono Package. The hybrid-specific modes are "E-Power," "Hybrid Auto," "E-Hold," and "E-Charge." The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid would deliver mileage of 2.5l/100 km, which corresponds to only 56 g/km of CO2 emissions. 

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