uPDATED, APRIL 4, 2013 - Porsche is broadening its Panamera luxury-sedan range to ten models for 2014, including the addition of the first plug-in hybrid in the luxury class.
Porsche says the introduction of new and further-developed technologies has enabled fuel savings of up to 56%, while further enhancing operating and driving comfort.
There's also a new look for the Panamera, chaneling the design language of Porsche's new sports cara, with tighter lines, more pronounced contours and newly shaped body elements.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid is a further advancement of the previous Panamera Hybrid, with a more powerful electric motor, a higher-performance battery and the addition of the ability to charge it externally from the electrical grid.
The electric drive system produces 95 horsepower – more than twice the output of the previous hybrid's 47-hp electric motor.
It gets its energy from a newly-developed lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has over five times the 1.7 kWh energy capacity of the previous nickel metal hydride battery.
It can be charged within about two-and-a- half hours via the integrated on-board charger and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC), and it can be charged in less than four hours when connected to a conventional household electrical outlet.
Nominal driving range in all-electric mode is said to be 36 km, although Porsche cautions that a range somewhere between 18 and 36 km would be realistic in everyday operation.
Acceleration from 0-to-100 km/h has been shortened by half a second to 5.5 seconds and the Panamera S E-Hybrid can reach speeds of up to 135 km/h in all-electric operation, with an overall top speed of 270 km/h.
In terms of fuel consumption, the previous model’s European rating of 7.1 L/100 km was reduced by 56% to 3.1 L/100 km.
In all its guises, the second-generation 2014 Porsche Panamera is even more efficient, sporty, comfortable, and elegant than its predecessor. It will make its world premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show, which opens on April 21, 2013.
The 2014 Panamera will arrive in Canada this fall, with prices starting at (CDN) $113,300.