Porsche: Can hybrids plug the diesel void?

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There’s a third bunch, though, for whom only diesel will do in a big SUV. They’re going to be forced elsewhere, but we’ll have to wait until the full range touches down to know exactly how many of them are out there.

The plug-in hybrid range is part of a wider electrification push from Porsche, which is planning to roll out its first all-electric model, the Taycan, in 2020. With two electric motors and more than 440kW on tap, the car will hit 100km/h in a claimed 3.5 seconds, and cover over 500km on the NEDC test cycle.

It’ll likely be joined by a higher-riding Cross Turismo, previewed by the Mission E Cross Turismo. A hybrid powertrain is in the works for the next-generation 911, too, with the model line’s head engineer August Achleitner even leaving the door open for a pure-EV take on the rear-engine sports car.

“Two years ago I’d have said no way. Today I wouldn’t categorically rule it out,” Achleitner said, speaking about an electrified 911.

“I drove the prototype of our coming electric sports car, the Mission E (Taycan), and it was a very compelling experience. And the performance of the Porsche LMP race cars with hybrid drive systems is quite simply sensational.”

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