Although Australian pricing for the 2017 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid was revealed back in September last year, local specification details for the plug-in hybrid five-door limousine have only just been released to coincide with the variant's global launch program this week.
As reported around the time of the Paris motor show, pricing starts from $242,600 before options and on-road costs, making it $32,600 more expensive than the entry rear-drive Panamera and $22,200 pricier than the all-paw Panamera 4, with which the 4 E-Hybrid shares its V6 engine.
The latter, though, twins its 243kW/450Nm twin-turbocharged engine with 100kW/400Nm of electric outputs conspiring to total system peak outputs of 340kW and 700Nm. For an in-depth report of powertrain, performance and efficiencies, see our report here.
Confirmed initial specification for Australia-bound versions include 19-inch wheels, adaptive air suspension with Porsche Active Stability Management (PASM), six-piston front (390mm) and four-piston (365mm) rear brakes finished in green, an adaptive rear spoiler, a powered rear hatch, an 'active' safety bonnet, electric powered/folding/heated mirrors, and LED headlights, DLRs and tail-lights.
The 4 E-Hybrid will be available in two standard solid and eight no-cost optional metallic paint colours, or a choice of five 'special' colours that command a $8290 premium. Besides the standard 19-inch 'Panamera' wheels, there is a choice of nine other 19-, 20- or 21-inch wheel designs that command extra costs of between $1090 and $9380 depending on size, style and finish (including body-matched paint).
Moving inside, the 4 E-Hybrid fits adaptive cruise control, four-zone climate control, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment, sat nav, front and rear parking sensors with 360-degree (three) cameras, Apple CarPlay integration and DAB+. A Sport Chrono package is also standard. There's a choice of three partial-leather trim finishes in Black, Agate Grey and ($890 extra) two-tone Black/Beige. Buyers can also opt for a 'smooth leather' trim upgrade in five single ($8560) or five two-tone ($10,300) colour schemes.
The standard front seats are a 14-way-powered Comfort design and heated, though 18-way Adaptive Sport seating with memory functionality adds $3190 – ticking this box allows another addition of eight-way adjustable rear seating for a further $4690. In typical Porsche fashion, the E-Hybrid has a long list of interior and exterior options allowing extensive buyer personalisation at, of course, extra cost.
Porsche has something of a track record for charging a premium for all manner of features and the 4 E-Hybrid is no anomaly. Want a rear USB media interface? That'll be $890. Ambient lighting? That starts from $990.
In terms of safety, Night Vision ($5890), Lane Change Assist ($1890), Lane Keep Assist ($1390) and the convenience system Traffic Jam Assist ($990) all command premiums.
The plug-in charger, cables for both household (10A/230-V) and three-pin (32A/230-V) 'industrial' outlets are standard, while the on-board 3.6kW charger, with a claimed 5.8-hour charge capability, can be upgrade to a 7.2kW charger for $1490, reducing charge time to 3.6 hours using an 'industrial' connection.
Porsche's new five-door plug-in hybrid capable of 0-100km/h performance in 4.6sec while returning a claimed combined cycle consumption of just 2.5L/100km is set go on sale in Australia mid-year.
The 4 E-Hybrid will be one of a total of six new second-generation Panamera variants launching in Australia in 2017.
2017 Porsche Panamera pricing (plus on-road costs)
Panamera – $210,000 (arriving Q2, 2017)
Panamera 4 – $220,400 (arriving Q3, 2017)
Panamera 4 E-Hybrid – $242,600 (arriving Q3, 2017)
Panamera 4S – $304,200 (arriving Q1, 2017)
Panamera 4S Diesel – $312,100 (arriving Q2, 2017)
Panamera Turbo – $376,900 (arriving Q1, 2017)