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All-electric Porsche Cayenne under discussion

Auto Express logo Auto Express 21/03/2019 Jonathan Burn
a car parked in a parking lot: Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid - front static © Auto Express Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid - front static

The next Porsche Cayenne could be sold as a fully electric car after company bosses revealed that discussions are taking place about the SUVs future.

The German brand has recently accelerated its plans for electric vehicles by confirming the next-generation of Macan, due in 2021, will become the firm’s third fully electric model following on from the Taycan saloon and Taycan Cross Turismo estate.

Bosses are now discussing whether the larger Cayenne could follow suit. A company spokesperson told Auto Express: “This decision is not made yet. But of course, [we’re discussing] the future of almost every model, because many markets are asking for electric cars.”

An all-new Cayenne is still a number of years away but if a full EV is given the green light it will be built as a dedicated EV with no petrol or plug-in hybrid versions offered. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said: “When we do a fully electric car it has to be designed purpose built for electro mobility, like the Taycan. I’m not a fan of doing everything in one car because our vehicles are high performance and to achieve that with multi purpose powertrains it is not possible.” 

As a result, it’s possible that Porsche could sell the existing Cayenne alongside the dedicated electric version, which would move to a new platform, to cater for markets that may not be switching to electric vehicles as quickly as others. 

Blume added: “The first steps for the next decade, we have to have in every segment, in our sports car, limousines and SUVs, an offer of a petrol, hybrid and full electric car.” 

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