2011 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Porsche says only that it will feature "the world premiere of a parallel full hybrid model" in Geneva.
- Porsche first disclosed details of the future Panamera Hybrid three years ago.
- The Panamera Hybrid is expected to come to the U.S. later this year as a 2012 model.
GENEVA — Porsche is expected to unveil the Panamera Hybrid, as well as a new diesel version of its four-door sedan, at the upcoming 2011 Geneva Auto Show. The Panamera Hybrid is likely to arrive in the U.S. later this year as a 2012 model.
Porsche first disclosed details of the future Panamera Hybrid in early 2008, saying it would share a parallel-hybrid system with the Cayenne Hybrid. Porsche's system enables the vehicle to operate with an electric motor, a gasoline engine or a combination of both.
In a diagram of the Panamera Hybrid released three years ago, the battery pack is located in the luggage compartment. The hybrid module — which bundles the electric motor and an additional clutch — is positioned between the engine and gearbox.
In a press release on Friday, Porsche would confirm only that it will host "the world premiere of a parallel full hybrid model" at the Geneva auto show.
Edmunds.com says: No clue yet on pricing, but the 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid fetches a modest $3,300 premium over the standard gasoline-powered Cayenne S. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent