Porsche has redesigned the Panamera model for the 2017 year and this impressive car now enters with two new versions. The conventionally powered lineup gets the Panamera Sport Turismo trim which has an expanded hatchback area. On the other hand, Porsche also adds a new Hybrid version, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. This new hybrid version is one of the brand’s most powerful models with 680 hp and torque of 626 pound-feet. However, if you want the green version of the Panamera but the new Turbo S E-Hybrid is just “too much” for you, the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will be again available in the same form.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Design
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is based on the MSB platform and has body panels mostly made of aluminum with some addition of the steel alloys.
From the outer perspective, the model is familiar Porsche’s design with no clear signs saying that this is the hybrid car. However, if you know where to find, the acid green painted brake calipers and E-Hybrid badges placed on the front fenders will uncover its green orientation. The badges on the model’s rear also have the acid green outline. The model rides on the 19-inch alloy wheels and larger rollers come as the option. The model also has matte black trim around the windows.
Inside the model has horizontally-oriented, uncluttered dash and between deeply padded front seats is the tall center console. The driver will get all important information on the two 7-inch screens which sit between the analog tach and larger 12.3-inch center display can also provide the same information and more.
The rear is also comfortable and Porsche also delivers plenty of other features including the active safety systems. The driver can rely on the adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane change assist, parking assist and Surround View, etc.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Powertrain, Mileage
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine which has the capability of producing 330 hp. The compact electric motor is assisting to this inner combustion engine with 134 hp. The total output with that rises to 462 hp and maximum torque reaches 516 lb-ft. The electric motor takes the position between the V-6 engine and 8-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The power is sent to all four wheels.
The 4 E-Hybrid will need 4.4 seconds to reach 60 mph and maximum speed is 173 mph.
The model also includes the 14.1 kW/h battery which sits under the rear cargo floor. With the pure electric propulsion, the 4 E-Hybrid can run at speeds up to 87 mph and reach 31 miles. The standard 3.6 kW charger recharges the battery in 12 hours using the standard 120 V, 10 amp outlet. The optional 7.2 kW charger with 240 V and 40 amp connection reduces the charging time to about three hours.
Important to say is also that this model comes with standard Sport Chrono package and air suspension. There also several driving modes as well. The default is E-Power and also available are Hybrid Auto, Sport, Sport+, E-Hold and E-Charge modes. The last mode forces the V-6 engine to provide more power than needed in order to recharge the battery while the car is on the move.
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is available in the US from $99, 600.