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The Panamera Goes Hybrid with Porshe’s New 2015 Panamera S E-Hybrid

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The Porsche Panamera line-up now accounts for twelve models. However, the 2015 Panamera S-E Hybrid is simply not just “one of them”. The Panamera is a vital cog for the four-door family, primarily due to the fact that this sports sedan is an important pillar to Porsche’s plug-in hybrid plan.

The Zuffenhausen people may be admired for their love of motorsport. But we must not forget that the German automaker has always been at the forefront of technology innovation. Because of that, Porsche is currently the only auto maker in the world that has three plug-in hybrid models in its line-up.

The 918 Spyder is light speed ahead, which leaves us to talk about the pair of S E-Hybrid aces up Porsche’s sleeve. The 2014 Panamera was the one to introduce the S E-Hybrid hardware, with the Cayenne also utilizing it for the 2015 model. This once again proves the significance of the petrol-electric sports sedan.

The Panamera also had a hybrid version prior to the mid-cycle revamp, the S Hybrid. However, that was Porsche tinkering with electric assistance. While the Audi-sourced supercharged V6 remained in place, the electrical side of the deal was substantially accentuated, moving from a hybrid to a plug-in hybrid.

Everyone is familiar with Porsche makeovers. They will always be focused on components under the body panels, so one ought to get close to the Panamera in order to notice the visual differences. The front and rear fascias, including the light clusters at both ends have been tweaked. Squint a little and you’ll also be able to catch the slight change in the rear hatch.

It’s also rather interesting that the S E-Hybrid is probably the most simple to identify out of the entire line-up. This is primarily due to a color that looks just as mind boggling as its name sounds—Acid Green. All that was needed for this hue to set the hybrid apart were a few tweaks, such as the badging or the brake calipers. Just in case the hue may seem familiar, it may be as a result of the 918 Spyder or the 997 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder.

The Panamera’s styling has always been rather polarizing to a certain degree, even among Porsche loyalists everywhere. However, if design is what puts you off from buying one, the next generation ought to do the trick. Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller recently admitted the Panamera’s styling, as well as its cabin, does come up short in certain areas but assured everybody that the next generation would address all the issues.

You really need to be familiar with these German machines to notice the difference the mid-cycle refresh makes as it pertains to the cabin. However once more, the S E-Hybrid distinguishes itself from the rest of the range.

Yes, Acid Green also dominates inside the car, albeit only on the dashboard instrument needles, as well as the tachograph signaling the presence of the optional Sports Chrono package.

“Most hybrids replace the rev counter of their conventionally-powered counterparts with a gauge that shows how efficiently the car is being driven. This is a Porsche though, so the rev counter keeps center stage,” Mueller adds.

However, the meter in question replaced the analogue speedometer. Furthermore, the multifunctional screen on the left of the instrument cluster now showcases hybrid-specific menus, which also pertains to the central infotainment display.

The Panamera appears as though it’s always been ready for the introduction of a serious hybrid model. The upscale ambiance is apparent when you climb aboard the Panamera. The vehicle is an ideal match for the sophisticated theme of the hybrid technology. Check out Porsche of Tucson for a test drive of the 2015 Porsche Panamera.

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