Porsche has already started with the real tests of the electric Porsche Macan, which will hit the market in 2023. It will do so, a priori, with two options for the battery and a range significantly higher than that of the Taycan.
Porsche is aiming for 80 percent of all its new cars to be electric or plug-in hybrids by 2030. Considering that currently, 60 percent of its sales are for the Macan and the Cayenne, the equation is easy to solve: SUVs will be the next to be electrified. And the first to arrive will be the electric Porsche Macan in 2023. The German firm has published new images of the model, taking advantage of the first public tests, and has given some details of its next electric car.
To make 80 percent of its cars sold plug-in, Porsche needs to electrify most of its range and especially SUVs like the Cayenne and Macan, which are the brand’s best sellers. The Stuttgart company has published new images of the next electric Macan coinciding with the start of real tests on public roads, showing (little) its next electric SUV and accompanying it with some new clues, such as its autonomy or its technology.
Porsche has started with real-life testing of the model, although a significant part of development is still being carried out with digital prototypes. There are currently 20 digital prototypes to simulate aerodynamics, energy management, performance, and acoustics. However, it is still crucial to stress test prototypes in closed facilities and on public roads, under real conditions, to ensure that the vehicle structure, operation, and reliability of hardware and software perform well and comply with quality standards. In total, when it is launched on the market, the electric Macan will have covered three million kilometers of tests all over the world in different conditions.
The electric Macan will be built on the Volkswagen Group’s PPE (Premium Platform Electric) platform, which will also be used in Audi cars. This will be one of the biggest differences concerning the next gasoline Macan – the electric and internal combustion versions will coexist in the market for a while – since the latter will use the current Macan platform.
2023 Porsche Macan Will Be Electric
It will have an 800-volt electrical system, like the Taycan, which will allow, among other things, to offer a fast charge at a maximum of 270 kW of power. The idea is to offer not only a super-fast charge but to offer the best figures in its segment in consecutive accelerations without losing performance and to make the electric Macan “the sportiest model in its category”, in the words of the brand.
As in the Taycan, there will be two battery sizes available, although it will depend on the market. And is that in some places, such as the United States, the vast majority of customers choose the battery with the highest capacity (and greater autonomy). This circumstance has made the offer of the range rethink.
2023 Porsche Macan Autonomy
Porsche has also ensured that the electric Macan will have a “significantly greater” range than the Taycan. This means that it should exceed the 484 kilometers (WLTP) of autonomy currently approved by the Porsche Taycan with Performance Plus battery. A figure close to or greater than 500 kilometers that is nothing but a necessity in the face of its potential rivals, since some of them – such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range – even exceed 600 kilometers of homologated autonomy.
The latest images published by Porsche let us see little of the next Macan, although enough to make sure of a front that will have thinner headlights than the current generation and a faired grille (although there will still be air intakes in the lower part of the bumper and probably at the ends). Currently, engineers are doing simulations to adjust details such as the design and location of the cooling ducts and temperature variations in real life, taking into account achieving low aerodynamic resistance – key to guaranteeing better autonomy.
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Although the dimensions and proportions of the body will remain similar to the current model, the drop of the roof at the rear and the tailgate look like they will bring important changes, judging by the images. Production of the electric Porsche Macan will begin in 2022 and will hit the market in 2023. For its part, the successor to the current Macan with conventional thermal propulsion will arrive throughout 2021.