With the sales of hybrid cars growing consistently and set to witness double-digit growth, the future of the automobile sector lies in the e-hybrid space.

Determined to expand its hybrid and electric vehicle portfolio, German luxury carmaker Porsche launched 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.

Carrying a base price-tag of $99,600, the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is less expensive than other turbo-powered variants of Panamera hybrids. The hybrid has an automated and manual transmission and comes with an all-wheel drive.

With a weight of 4,784 pounds, it is on the heavier side compared to all the standard Panamera. The car has a displacement of 2.9 liters and a wheelbase of 116 inches.

What lies under the hood

Powering the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a 14.1-kWh Lithium-ion battery pack attached to a 2.9-liter dual-turbo V6 combustion engine coupled with a dual-clutch, eight-speed, transmission.

The battery can generate a peak power of 462 hp and a maximum torque of 516 lb-ft and can sprint from rest to 60mph in 5.7 seconds.

The combustion engine can churn out a maximum power of 330 hp and a top torque of 331 lb-ft and can clock in a speed from zero to 60mph in just 4.4 seconds.

Drive Modes

The default drive mode of 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is set at E-Power drive mode. In the E-Power drive mode, one can travel up to 31 miles on electric power alone with a fully charged battery at speed up to 86 mph.

The Hybrid “H” drive mode has two sub-modes – E-Charge mode and E-Hold mode.

In E-Charge mode, the car will run using power from the engine, and the battery where the combustion engine will be used to the best possible extent and the battery is charged regeneratively in the meantime. In E-Hold mode, the battery’s state of charge is maintained, and the engine is solely used for running.

Increasing the throttle response and freezing up the air suspension, the Sport ("S") drive mode allows the battery to be charged regeneratively to its minimum level. The Sport Plus ("S+") driving mode allows the battery to be fully recharged.

Interior and exterior features

The exterior of the vehicle features upgraded headlights, sport exhaust, rear wiper, the rear axle steering, Sport Design pack, semiautomatic InnoDrive system, 21-inch design wheels and personalized and illuminated door sills.

Sophisticated interior design with the latest technology, the car boasts of 14-way power seats, the Burmester 3D surround sound system, a heated steering wheel, LED matrix headlights, chalk-colored seat belts.

For a quick battery recharge, one can opt for the 7.2-kW onboard charger that carries a price-tag of $840. With the charger, the battery will be fully charged to a 240-volt outlet in less than 3 hours.