Porsche’s highly anticipated electric Macan has been spotted once again, and this time, the test vehicles revealed several new design elements that will make their way to the production model. This comes after years of hints from Porsche about an electric Macan, and the confirmation in early 2021 that it is indeed on its way. The electric Macan is expected to arrive in early 2024, making it a 2024 model in the U.S.
Interestingly, the electric Macan will arrive later than its related Audi counterpart, the Q6 E-Tron, which is set to debut later this year. Both vehicles will share the new PPE (Premium Platform Electric) modular platform developed by Porsche in collaboration with Audi. This platform will serve as the foundation for multiple models across the Volkswagen Group.
The prototypes of the electric Macan showcase a design similar to a clay model revealed a couple of years ago in the “Porsche Unseen” book. One of the key design elements is the rectangular headlights, reminiscent of those found on the Taycan. The latest prototypes also feature a split headlight design, with additional lights located low in the front fascia.
During testing, a small rear spoiler was observed extending from the tailgate at speeds exceeding 30 mph. While earlier shots may have featured dummy exhaust tips to conceal the vehicle’s identity, similar to prototypes of the Porsche Taycan, the production model will be free from traditional exhaust elements.
Porsche is employing a combination of real-world and virtual testing to accelerate the development of the electric Macan, with a specific focus on areas such as aerodynamics, energy management, user interface, and acoustics. The goal is to ensure that the electric Macan stands out as the sportiest model in its segment, and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system will play a crucial role in achieving this.
One of the major advantages of the electric Macan is its 800-volt electric architecture, enabling rapid charging times. Using a 350-kw charge point, Porsche has suggested that it will be possible to add 60 miles of range in just four minutes and nearly 250 miles in less than 20 minutes. The automaker has even demonstrated 450-kw charging, allowing for the addition of 60 miles in a mere three minutes. However, 450-kw charging infrastructure remains relatively unknown in the U.S.
The electric Macan will feature at least one grade equipped with a 98-kwh battery pack and an electric motor powering each axle, resulting in a peak output of over 603 horsepower. Production of the electric Macan will take place at Porsche’s Leipzig plant in Germany, where the current gas-powered model is manufactured. Porsche plans to continue selling the gas-powered Macan alongside the electric variant for a certain period, until sufficient electric charging infrastructure is established. After that, only the electric version will be available for purchase.
Porsche is firmly committed to transitioning the majority of its lineup to electric power. The automaker estimates that by 2030, more than 80% of its sales will be electric vehicles, with the remaining portion comprised of the iconic 911, the last model in Porsche’s lineup to retain an internal-combustion engine. Following the electric Macan, Porsche has plans to introduce electric versions of the 718 sports car, Cayenne mid-size SUV, and a new flagship SUV. Additionally, one more generation of the gas-powered Panamera is scheduled before it too transitions to an electric powertrain.
In conclusion, the electric Macan promises to be an exciting addition to Porsche’s lineup, boasting cutting-edge technology, elegant design elements, and outstanding performance. With its arrival slated for 2024, Porsche enthusiasts and electric vehicle enthusiasts alike are eagerly anticipating the debut of this highly anticipated model.