New electric Porsche Macan teased: price, specs and release date
The first-ever electric Porsche Macan EV was recently spotted amongst a collection of Porsche prototypes and design studies. Read on for more details on this upcoming sporty electric SUV.
- Electric Porsche Macan teased
- Similar design to petrol-powered car
- Could share parts with Audi A6 e-tron
- RWD and AWD models to be offered
- 270kW charging capability
- Range of over 400 miles on certain trims possible
- Debut expected in 2022
- Production to start in 2022 or early 2023
An updated Porsche Macan is being readied for its debut later this year and, for the first time ever, Porsche will introduce an all-electric variant to be sold alongside it. The Porsche Macan EV is the German auto manufacturer’s first electric SUV and is set to be an alternative to the likes of the Mercedes EQC and BMW iX3 when it goes on sale in late 2022 or 2023.
New Porsche Macan EV design
The Porsche Macan EV was recently spied in clay model form amongst some very interesting design studies such as the Porsche 919 Street, a road-going LMP1 concept. While the Macan EV may not be destined for track days, it is undoubtedly going to be one of the sportiest electric SUVs when it arrives in the coming years.
This clay model shows that the new car will look similar to today’s Macan and feature an evolution of that car’s hunkered-down stance and coupe-like profile.
One area where the two differ is in the front. The electric car features a less prominent grille with a wide opening below the bumper flanked by two cut outs that will probably house a pair of LED fog lights.
A lot can change in the transition from clay model to production car, but the new Macan EV’s clean, sporty design is unlikely to spring too many surprises when the new electric car is finally revealed.
New Porsche Macan EV interior
The new Macan electric car’s interior should combine features already seen in the latest Porsche Cayenne and Panamera with a few futuristic elements from the all-electric Porsche Taycan thrown in for good measure.
A two-tiered touchscreen layout as seen in the Taycan is possible, but it’s possible Porsche will stick to the single central screen layout it already uses in the Porsche Panamera and Cayenne.
A fully configurable digital dashboard will be on offer and you can expect a version of the augmented reality head-up display already seen in other VW Group products to be present as well.
The flat floor afforded by the new Macan EV’s electric powertrain layout should yield plenty of passenger and boot space, possibly eclipsing the petrol-powered Macan.
New Porsche Macan EV motors and performance
Utilising the new PPE (Premium Platform Electric) underpinnings jointly developed with Audi, the Porsche Macan EV will benefit from a very versatile layout that will offer both rear- and four-wheel-drive options as well as a range of battery capacities.
The upcoming Audi A6 e-tron, which uses these shared underpinnings, will produce 476hp and 800nm of torque in dual-motor format, which means it’ll accelerate from 0-60mph in less than four seconds.
A similar setup may also be used for the Porsche Macan EV, while cheaper entry-level models may make use of a rear-wheel-drive single-motor setup.
New Porsche Macan EV batteries and range
The Audi A6 e-tron will debut with a 100kWh battery pack and you can expect the Macan EV to be offered with a similar capacity battery. In this configuration the A6 e-tron is reputed to be capable of 435 miles between charges – despite a slightly taller (and potentially heavier) body, the Macan EV should still be able to achieve around 400 miles of range.
The new Macan electric car will likely be compatible with 270kW fast chargers, meaning a quick 10-minute charge can boost your car’s range by around 186 miles.
New Porsche Macan EV price and release date
The new electric Porsche Macan could go on sale in 2022 or 2023. It’s likely the new car will be sold alongside the standard petrol-powered Macan at first. Dual-motor variants should cost from approximately the same as today’s £70,000 range-topping Porsche Macan Turbo.
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