After the German automaker introduced the second generation Panamera as the 4S, 4S Diesel and Turbo, it has now decided to reach out towards the eco community with the 4 E-Hybrid.
Aside from having another cap to denote its plug in hybrid capabilities and some green trim, the E-Hybrid is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of the family members, though it carries the most environmentally friendly powertrain. Under the hood there’s a new biturbo 2.9-liter V6 engine, assisted by an electric motor for a total combined output of 462 horsepower (340 kilowatts) and a torquetastic 517 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque.
Separately, the ICE has 330 hp (243 kW) & 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) and the electric motor comes with another 136 hp (100 kW) & 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). Now, just like in the 918 Spyder, the electric engine delivers its power from the get go, not after pressing more than 80 percent of the accelerator pedal as with the predecessor.
The new hardware enables the 2017 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid to swing to 62 mph (100 kph) in just 4.6 seconds (down from 5.5s) and reach a maximum speed of 173 mph / 278 kph (up from 167 mph / 270 kph). The electric mode will go up to 87 mph (140 kph) and the batteries should last up to 31 miles (50 km) – which is a subtle improvement over the previous figures of 22 miles (35 km).
The hybrid mode provides a fuel consumption rating in the NEDC cycle of 2.5 liters / 100 km – with the liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery being topped out in 5.8 hours via a standard 3.6-kW charger, and an optional 7.2 kW on-board charger will drop the time to 3.6 hours. The driver has the “E-Power” – pure electric mode – and can also switch to “Sport” and “Sport Plus” due to the standard Sport Chrono Package. There are also hybrid modes – “Hybrid Auto”, “E-Hold”, and “E-Charge.” Presented to the public during the forthcoming Paris Motor Show, the E-Hybrid will cost €107,553 (VAT included) in Germany.