Tokyo Motor Show
Press days are underway at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show. This is what we’re seeing so far. Lexus premiered the "LS+ Concept". Their "Highway Teammate" allows automated driving from the time you enter a highway to the exit ramp. They expect it to be on the road in 2020.
Toyota is revealing the Fine-Comfort Ride concept. The fuel cell vehicle runs on electric power using hydrogen as an energy source. Toyota says the range is 621 miles, and refueling takes about three minutes.
We’re also seeing the latest additions to the "TOYOTA Concept-i" series. Along with the model revealed in January, they’re adding the smaller two seater Concept-i RIDE. There’s also a scooter type called Concept-i WALK. They all use artificial intelligence to work with the driver.
After weeks of teasing, we’re finally seeing the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT. The all-electric concept includes an onboard Artificial Intelligence Personal Assistant. Three motors propel the 4WD system, one up front and two in the rear.
We’ll have updates throughout the day, so stay connected to motorweek.org
2024 Porsche Panamera Gains Two More E-Hybrid TrimsFebruary 21, 2024
It was late last year when Porsche unveiled the all-new 2024 Panamera, entering its third generation with some new digs, plenty of extra tech and new powertrain offerings. At the time, we were given details on the Panamera/Panamera 4 and the Turbo E-Hybrid models; and now, we’ve been clued into two models, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and 4S E-Hybrid.
Both of these models are powered by a plug-in hybrid system, utilizing a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine for the internal-combustion side of things and incorporating a 140 kW electric motor for the electrified assistance. That motor is mounted inside the housing of the PDK transmission, and is powered by a 25.9 kWh battery pack– gross capacity, but still 45% more capacity than previous units. Charging with the onboard 11 kW AC charger can be finished in 2.5 hours.
Total system output of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is rated at 463 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, with Porsche claiming a 0-to-60 acceleration time of 3.9 seconds and a top track speed of 174 mph. If that still isn’t enough, buyers can get a little more performance out of the 4S E-Hybrid, reaching a combined system output of 536 horsepower and 553 lb-ft. This, naturally, translates to a quicker acceleration time of 3.5 seconds; and with enough runway, a top track speed of 180 mph.
Along with revised Sprot and Sport Plus drive modes, E-Hybrid models have four unique settings. E-Power is the fully-electric mode, which these vehicles will start in until the battery is under a certain capacity, at which point it will automatically switch to Hybrid Auto mode. If selected, E-Hold will preserve the current charge, while E-Charge will use the 2.6-liter V6 to charge up the battery to 80% max while traveling 34 mph or faster.
As discussed in our initial report, all Panamera models come standard with an adaptive two-chamber air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). E-Hybrids can be optioned with Porsche Active Ride, said to further increase traction and cornering performance while maintaining comfort.
The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will start at $117,495, and the 4S E-Hybrid will start at $128,795, with the $1,995 destination charge attached. Orders open at the end of March, with examples expected to arrive stateside by Fall 2024.
And we’ll have more on the all-new Panamera soon, so stay tuned!