The Macan was the “turning car” for Porsche. The company’s first car that was “produced for the masses” was never unique to everyone, but the SUV based on the old Audi Q5 rounds off the lower end of the brand’s model range. It was not for nothing that the Leipzig plant was revolutionized for the Macan and 1,500 people were hired.
Today, the compact off-road vehicle from the Zuffenhausen-based company has another, equally strategic role. In the sense of increasing the sales figures about electromobility.
As we have known for a long time, the new generation will only be offered in the zero-emission version. But what will the electric Macan look like? We have commissioned a rendering for this.
Let’s start with the external appearance, which at the moment is still closely guarded in the design center. When you consider that the Taycan paved the way for a new zero-emissions family (which will soon include the arrival of the Cross Turismo see as well), one can assume that Porsche aims to give all of its electric models a recognizable style.
The front could accommodate the Taycan’s new “oval” headlights and the characteristic vertical slots on the sides. Nor would it be the first time that Porsche has adapted the design of a sportier streetcar to a high-rise car.
If you recall, the first-generation Cayenne took over the headlights of the 911 (996) at the time to create a connection of continuity with the SUV. To come back to the electric Macan: the car should not differ fundamentally from the current Macan in terms of proportions and dimensions.
Also, Porsche knows that not all markets are ready for the abrupt switch to the electric model. Because of this, the Macan will see a transition phase where the new EV, expected in 2022, will be flanked by the current generation that has indeed been spotted with a slight facelift. In short, until 2024 it appears that the internal combustion Macan will continue to be sold.
The electric Macan, based on the new PPE (Premium Platform Electric) platform developed together with Audi, will be launched to compete in one category, namely that of zero-emission SUVs, which are catching on very quickly becomes.
There are many competitors that you will have to deal with: the Tesla Model Y of course, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, or the Jaguar I-Pace, but also the most powerful version of the VW ID.4 within the group.
Porsche has already officially said: “Like the Taycan, the compact SUV has 800-volt technology and is based on the PPE architecture (Premium Platform Electric) developed in cooperation with Audi AG.”
We also calculate the battery sizes of the Taycan (currently between 72.9 kWh of the Taycan Performance and 93.4 kWh of the Taycan Performance Plus, Turbo, and Turbo S) up to the availability of two motors, one of which is arranged per axle and all-wheel drive can offer.
After all, there is no doubt that, as with the Taycan, the electric Macan will also get the same names as the combustion variants: There will be Macan, Macan S, Macan Turbo, and Macan Turbo S.