Electric Porsche Macan teased in development images
Porsche has confirmed the next-generation Macan will arrive in 2023 in both pure-electric and petrol-engined form
Porsche has provided us with our first look at the next-generation Macan SUV, which is expected to arrive in 2023 with a fully electric powertrain option for the first time. The new Macan has completed the first stage of development behind closed doors and will now 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 800v charging system featured in the Porsche Taycan and Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, as well as the Audi e-tron GT.
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 will sit on newly developed 'PPE' (Premium Platform Electric) architecture. This has been co-developed with Audi and served as the underpinnings of the A6 e-tron concept unveiled at the Auto Shanghai motor show in April 2021.
Although we’ve still only seen the electric Macan sporting heavy camouflage, its slimmer headlights and smoother front bumper than the outgoing model seem to take influence from the Taycan. As with the Taycan, we can expect Porsche to offer the electric Macan in various powertrain configurations, with the choice of either rear or four-wheel drive. However, we may have to wait a while before the German brand confirms any performance figures.
The electric Macan is one of many electric models Porsche has in the works, with plans for the new Boxster and Cayman to be electric having already been announced. An electric 911 is not part of the product plan for now, but a hybrid 911 is expected in 2023. Oliver Blume, chairman of the board of management of Porsche AG, 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."
The electric Macan will be offered alongside four and six-cylinder petrol versions as well. There'll be no diesel options, as Porsche dropped all diesel models from its line-up in late 2018.