In addition to confirming its upcoming Cajun compact crossover for the US market, Porsche has announced that it will also offer a diesel variant of its larger Cayenne SUV. The Cayenne diesel will be Porsche’s “first compression-ignition car in the USA.” The engine is a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 242 horsepower and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque, allowing the sporty SUV to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 7.6 seconds and to a top speed of 137 mph (220 km/h).
The Cayenne diesel, along with the Cajun, will go on sale later this spring.
10 Exciting Electric Cars Coming In 2020
2020 is a good year for anyone shopping for an electric vehicle.
If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the perfect electric car, 2020 could be the year you found one. It’s noteworthy for the large number of high-profile EVs that will be released.
With prices becoming competitive and range anxiety almost a thing of the past, the age of the electric vehicle is truly upon us. Whether you’re looking for a practical car to use for daily commutes or something that simply wows people with impeccable style, there’s bound to be something for you. Here are ten exciting electric vehicles we are looking forward to the most in 2020.
1. Rivian R1T Truck / R1S SUV
There have been much excitement surrounding Rivian, and for good reason. The electric car upstart is seen by many as a serious threat to Tesla, and you have the Rivian R1T and R1S SUV to thank for that. The all-electric R1T pickup truck is arguably the coolest and most well-rounded pickup in recent memory, offering supercar-levels of performance (it does zero to 60 mph in just 3 seconds!), world-class trucking capabilities, and serious off-road chops. A massive 80kWh battery gives it an effective driving range of 400 miles (644 km) and can be charged to 100% capacity in an hour when depleted.
Mechanically identical to the R1T, the R1S is for those who would prefer more seats and a hatch rather than a truck bed. As a seven-passenger electric SUV, it’s better suited for carrying people around than the R1T.
2. Porsche Taycan / Taycan Cross Turismo
As the company’s first fully-electric vehicle, Porsche’s long-awaited Taycan four-door performance sedan and its high-riding Taycan Cross Turismo estate (wagon) variant will offer buyers a super powerful lithium-ion battery and up to 350 kW charging capacity. Both models can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds and have a driving range of more than 300 miles (500 km). Their battery can be charged to provide 62 miles of range in just four minutes.
3. Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y is essentially the SUV version of the highly-popular Tesla Model 3, featuring the same interior design and similar performance. It offers more interior room than the Model 3, however, with an optional package allowing it to seat up to seven people. The most affordable Model Y will have a driving range of up to 280 miles (451 km/h), while the long-range version might deliver as much as 300 miles (483 km).
4. Volkswagen ID Neo
As one of the more affordable family cars coming to the market, the Volkswagen ID Neo is for the masses. Essentially an all-electric interpretation of the highly-popular VW Golf, the practical five-door compact hatchback has capable motors, a 125kw charging capacity, and is expected to come with three different battery size options giving it a driving range from 180 miles on the low end to 342 miles.
5. Volkswagen I.D. Crozz
The VW I.D. Crozz is a fully-electric compact crossover with rear-biased all-wheel drive system. It offers 311 miles (500 km) of driving range, according to European NEDC tests, and performance should be brisk thanks to two electric motors generating a combined 302 hp. With a 150 kW DC fast charger, its battery can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes.
According to Volkswagen, the production I.D. Crozz will have as much interior room as the VW Tiguan SUV.
6. Peugeot e-208
French automaker PSA took its first step towards the full electrification of its entire lineup by 2023 with the Peugeot e-208, an all-electric version of Peugeot’s hot selling 208 city car. The impeccably-styled electric hatchback uses a 50 kWh battery pack to power a 100 kW electric motor for an estimated 211-mile (34 km) range on the WLTP cycle, while fast charging can give it an 80% charge in around 30 minutes.
Primed for city driving, the electric Peugeot e-208 should be within reach for most people, even those who might need a little help from car-buying service like Buy Here Pay Here Car Lots.
7. Audi e-tron Sportback
The Audi e-tron Sportback is one of the more exciting, head-turning electric vehicles coming in 2020. As a coupe-like SUV, it is a more stylish interpretation of the new Audi e-tron SUV for those who place design above practicality. And like the regular e-tron SUV, it will likely utilize one electric motor at the front and one at the rear to produce a maximum of 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts) and 490 lb⋅ft (664 Nm) of torque, allowing it to hit 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in 5.7 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). A 95-kilowatt-hour battery pack provides a driving range of over 200= miles EPA range and can be recharged to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.
8. Polestar 2
As the second car from Polestar (formerly the performance arm of Volvo), the Polestar 2 is a five-door fastback EV featuring many hallmarks of Scandinavian design and offering 310 miles (500 km) of range from a 87kWh battery. Its 408 horsepower and all-wheel drive system provide more than enough propulsion to get you moving. Learn more about the Polestar 2.
9. Mercedes-Benz EQC
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is Mercedes-Benz’s first-ever all-electric SUV. A little bigger than the Mercedes-Benz GLC and expected to go on sale in early 2020, the electrified German SUV has an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors — one at each axle to provide all-wheel drive — that make 402 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds. The EQC is estimated to be priced around $90,000.
10. BMW iX3
With the German government massively supporting the development of electric vehicles, it’s no surprise to see BMW bringing several to the market. Essentially an all-electric version of the popular X3 SUV, the BMW iX3 makes around 270bhp and can travel up to 249 miles on a full charge, and charging its 70kWh battery to full capacity when depleted takes just 30 minutes!
BMW plans to introduce a whole fleet of new electric vehicles over the next few years, and the iX3 will probably be its most popular model.
Porsche CEO Praises Tesla For Making Electric Cars Popular
The company acknowledges that by outselling every other premium sedan in the US, the Model 3 proves that consumers are ready to embrace electric vehicles.
It’s not everyday that an established automaker praises a controversial upstart like Tesla, but Porsche has done just that. Company CEO Klaus Zellmer credits the electric car maker for helping bring the automotive industry to a “turning point.”
In an op-ed outlining his optimism for electric-vehicle adoption, the executive noted the disagreement among experts with regards to the near-term and long-term impact of electric vehicles. One camp believe EVs could rule the roads in just 15 years, while the other camp isn’t convinced there is enough consumer interest for them to make a dent in the next decade.
“I see clear market indicators that American consumers are about to embrace EVs as their daily drive,” Zellmer wrote. “First, Tesla has proven there is significant demand for cars that combine sustainability with performance and design. Last year, the Model 3 outsold any other premium sedan in the US.”
The quick expansion of charging infrastructure across the country is also cause for optimism, not to mention the strong demand for the Taycan, Porsche’s first all-electric production car.
“We already have enough interest to account for all the Taycans we expect to deliver in the US in the first year, through late 2020,” he added. “That’s powerful, given that the final production model has yet to be unveiled.”
In fact, the German automaker is so optimistic about EVs that it’s turning its best-selling model, the Macan, into an all-electric vehicle. It will still build internal combustion engines and hybrids alongside EVs for at least the next 10 years, but development of an EV lineup is now in full gear at Stuttgart.
Porsche’s SecondSkin Service Lets You Wrap Your Car In Custom Themes
A Martini racing livery is just one of many themes that can be added.
In its unrelenting quest to make its cars as customizable as possible, Porsche has launched a new program called “SecondSkin” that lets customers wrap their cars in bold, factory-installed custom designs.
All current Porsche sports car models can be customized with a range of motorsports themes that includes Martini Racing liveries, metallic foils, new colors, matte finishes, and graphics from artists and designers.
“As the livery segment is a very fragmented market, we have created a central port of call with ‘Second Skin’ to guarantee quality and offer a comprehensive approach to finding a solution,” stated Simon Weiss, the man responsible for the project at Porsche Digital.
To explore the various designs, create custom wraps, and view the results in 3D renderings, just visit SecondSkin’s online configurator. Prices for a complete vehicle wrap start at around 4,000 euros (~$4,500 USD), while the Martini Racing liveries goes for around 5,500 euros (~$6,200 USD).
You can pre-register your custom wrap now! Just make sure it’s something tasteful.
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