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First Look: 2011 Porsche Cayenne

German maker coming to Geneva Motor Show with all-new SUV, including its first hybrid option.

by on Feb.25, 2010

The 2011 Porsche Cayenne is slightly bigger than the outgoing SUV, but 400 lbs lighter -- and offers the German maker's first hybrid powertrain option.

Porsche is offering us a sneak peek at the all-new version of its big SUV, and among the other notable features of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne, which will make its formal debut at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, is the fact that it will offer the German performance car maker’s  first-ever hybrid-electric powertrain option.

There were plenty of skeptics when the automaker announced, nearly a decade ago, plans to add a sport-utility vehicle to its line-up, but it didn’t take long after its launch for the original Cayenne to generate a surprisingly strong and – measured over time, loyal – following.

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But a lot has changed over the years and with the overall sport-ute segment feeling plenty of pressure, analysts suggest it’s an appropriate time to be making some changes to the Cayenne formula.

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