Over the past few years, three vehicle segments have grown faster than all others: alternative energy, premium, and SUV. In response, automakers are rushing to produce models within one or more of these categories to capitalize on consumer interest. Some luxury marques are starting from scratch, developing SUVs from scalable architectures with plug-in hybrid or pure electric components. Other brands, like Porsche, are reconfiguring successful crossovers to accommodate alternative energy powertrains.
Unsurprisingly, these “head-start” models are higher quality products with fewer developmental defects. It’s fun to be an early adopter, but ultimately more satisfying to know your vehicle is proven in all its forms. The Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid combines one of the best performance luxury SUVs with an efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain. Buyers needn’t change their lifestyles (as is required with all-electric vehicles) nor give up performance to get major fuel savings.