Porsche's SUV sales and marketing director Julian Baumann has told Motoring a plug-in hybrid version of the Macan is in the works.

Porsche's SUV sales and marketing director Julian Baumann has told Motoring a plug-in hybrid version of the Macan is in the works.

Although a launch date has not been confirmed, the Macan S E-Hybrid will likely be introduced in 2015 and will feature the same hardware setup as the Cayenne and Panamera S E-Hybrid models. Both of them make use of a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 333 HP (245 kW) teamed with an electric motor generating 95 HP (70 kW) to provide a combined output of 416 HP (306 kW) and 590 Nm (435 lb-ft) of torque.

The bigger and heavier Cayenne S E-Hybrid sprints to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.9 seconds so the Macan S E-Hybrid should be considerably faster. In addition the all-electric range of up to 36 km (22 miles) offered by both the Cayenne & Panamera S E-Hybrid is expected to increase since the Macan S E-Hybrid is going to be significantly lighter than the two.

On a related note, Baumann ruled out the possibility of a three-door Macan saying that demand for such a model would be low.

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