Electric Porsche Macan in pipeline, carmaker confirms
The next generation of the Porsche Macan SUV will be an electric-only model, the German manufacturer has announced.
No performance targets or specifications have been confirmed at this early stage, although Porsche says it'll benefit from 800V technology.
The news follows Porsche’s decision to drop all diesel models from its line-up in the latter part of 2018. The new Macan will be its first electric compact SUV, following in the footsteps of the forthcoming 2019 Porsche Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo.
The electric Macan will be built on Porsche’s PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture, developed in conjunction with Audi.
“Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly; not just because they share a high-efficiency approach, but especially because of their sporty character,” said Oliver Blume, chairman of the board of management of Porsche AG.
“By 2022 we will be investing more than six billion euros in electric mobility, and by 2025 50% of all new Porsche vehicles could have an electric drive system.
“Nevertheless, over the next 10 years we will focus on a drive mix consisting of even further optimised petrol engines, plug-in hybrid models and purely electrically operated sports cars. Our aim is to take a pioneering role in technology, and for this reason we will continue to consistently align the company with the mobility of the future.”
The new Macan will be built at the firm’s plant in Leipzig, which opened in 2002 with just 259 staff. The factory now produces the Cayenne, Panamera and the existing Macan, employing 4,000 people and building 90,000 cars a year.
Porsche says the decision to build an electric Macan at the site was taken in July last year.