New 2023 Porsche Macan electric spotted undergoing winter testing

The next-generation Porsche Macan is set to arrive in 2023, offering a pure-electric powertrain for the first time

The upcoming fully electric Porsche Macan has been snapped undergoing winter testing on public roads in the far north of Finland (above). Under camouflage, it can be seen that the new Macan (due on sale in 2023) will boast a similar headlight and front-end design to Porsche's Taycan electric car, while its roofline appears lower and more coupe-like than the current Macan's.

While these pictures were taken by a spy photographer, back in mid-2021 Porsche released its own images (see gallery below) of the next-generation Macan. At the time, the car had completed its first stage of development behind closed doors and was about to begin real-world testing.

So far, there are no confirmed details about battery size or range, but we do know the electric Macan will be capable of charging at up to 350kW thanks to the same 800-volt electrical system featured in the Taycan, as well as the Audi e-tron GT. It's thought the first electric Macan model to arrive will be a range-topping 'Turbo' variant, with more affordable versions following in due course.

We expect the electric Macan will manage roughly 300 miles on a charge, based on the battery sizes in other electric SUVs from the Volkswagen Group like the Audi Q4 e-tron and Volkswagen ID.4. However, unlike those models, the electric Macan sits on newly developed 'PPE' (Premium Platform Electric) architecture. This has been co-developed with Audi; it underpinned the A6 e-tron concept unveiled at the Auto Shanghai motor show in April 2021 and will also serve as the basis for the upcoming Q6 e-tron SUV.

The electric Macan is one of many zero-emissions models Porsche has in the works, with plans for the new Boxster and Cayman to be electric having already been announced. An electric 911 isn't part of the product plan for now, but a hybrid 911 is expected in 2023. Oliver Blume, chairman of Porsche's board of management, said of the brand’s plans for electrification: "By 2022 we will be investing more than six billion Euro in electric mobility, and by 2025, 50% of all new Porsche vehicles could have an electric drive system."