The 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid rights a lot of wrongs by finally bringing 22-inch wheels and massaging seats to the Cayenne lineup—a nearly unforgivable oversight—and it’s also quicker and more powerful than the outgoing model.

The updated Cayenne E-Hybrid smokes the outgoing model, jumping 40 horsepower to a combined 455 HP from the 3.0-liter turbo V6 paired with a 14.1 kWh battery and electric motor, with a combined 515 lb-ft of torque.

It’s also 0.7 seconds quicker from zero-to-60 mph, now 4.7 seconds, and sets a new quarter-mile time of 13.3 seconds, almost a full second quicker than the old E-Hybrid. It can reach a top speed of 87 mph on battery power alone, with a full top speed of 157 mph.

There’s new hybrid guts, including the eight-module, 13-cell 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery and electric motor with a new electromechanical separating clutch, replacing the old electro-hydraulic system, which Porsche claims will translate into faster reaction times.

Also new to the plug-in Cayenne is the Sport Chrono Package, Porsche’s Active Suspension Management system, a heated windshield, heads-up display and massaging seats. This is also the first Porsche with a 22-inch wheel option. It’s about time, I say.

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There are now six driving modes, four of which are hybrid exclusive, as part of the new Sport Chrono Package. Beyond the traditional Sport and Sport Plus modes, the E-Power mode is electric power only, capable of an EV range of 44 kilometers, or roughly 27 miles. Plugged-in with the standard 3.6 kW, 230-volt 10-amp charger, the battery can recharge in 7.8 hours, or 2.3 hours with the optional 7.2 kW 230-volt 32-amp charger.

E-Hold mode conserves the electric energy to ensure a full EV range later, perhaps if it’s necessary for environmental zones, E-Charge mode boosts the power output of the engine to recharge the battery and Hybrid Auto mode let’s the Cayenne actively switch between various power configurations as it sees fit.

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The 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid goes on sale in the U.S. early next year at $79,900 without options, or $80,050 without options if you include the $1,050 processing charge. If I was in the market for one of these, I would consider the hybrid almost just for the Acid Green flourishes on the brake calipers and tachometer needles. It’s basically a 918 Spyder.

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