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Porsche is rapidly expanding its line-up of plug-ins with the launch of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid.

It may best be known for its high-performance sports cars and SUVs, but Porsche is building up an impressive fleet of new battery-based vehicles, including the new Cayenne S E-Hybrid it will debut at the Paris Motor Show next week – its third plug-in hybrid model.

With the launch of the extended-range Cayenne, Porsche will become the only automaker in the world currently offering three different plug-in models, and the only manufacturer marketing one in the luxury SUV segment.

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid will share the stage in Paris with the Panamera S E-Hybrid and Porsche’s 918 Spyder, the first plug-in “ultracar.” The maker also produces more traditional gas-electric hybrid models.

As with the earlier plug-ins, Porsche is striking a balance between efficiency and performance with the new Cayenne S E-Hybrid. While AutoblogGreen is reporting the new model’s electric-only driving range is still to be certified, the publication also notes industry reports suggesting it will be somewhere between 11 and 22 miles per gallon.

Porsche is striking a balance between efficiency and performance with the new Cayenne S E-Hybrid.

As to fuel economy, the Panamera S is rated by the EPA at 16 City, 24 Highway and 19 Combined, the plug-in S E-Hybrid at 23/29/25.  The current Porsche Cayenne S gets a 16/22/18, so if the plug-in makes a similar leap we might see something just slightly under the Panamera S E-Hybrid’s numbers.

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That said, the German maker is reporting 0 to 60 launch times of 5.4 seconds for the plug-in SUV. It helps that the total drivetrain punches out 416 horsepower, including 95 hp from its electric motor – which is upgraded from the 47 hp in the conventional Porsche Cayenne hybrid. The gas side of the package is a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

So far, battery-based vehicles haven’t exactly charged up the global automotive market, but Porsche notes that 9% of the Panameras it sold worldwide so far this year were S E-Hybrids. And that figure jumped to 16% in the U.S.

“Porsche expects a significant market share for the Cayenne S E-Hybrid as well,” the maker stated in a news release.

Look for the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid to make its official debut on October 2 at he Paris Motor Show. It will reach U.S. showrooms on November 1, and will command a starting price of $76,400 plus $995 in delivery fees.

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