• New Spy Shots Confirm Porsche’s Secret Macan Project

Porsche is already testing the next-generation, all-electric Macan

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A few years ago there were rumors that Porsche was working on a hybrid version of the Macan. With the first-gen crossover near the end of its life-cycle, it seems that the Germans are switching to an all-electric layout. The next-gen Macan was spotted testing on public roads, and even though it doesn’t look radically different, it has nothing in common with the old model under the skin.

A bit sportier with a hint of Taycan

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Although the prototype is heavily camouflaged, it seems that it will retain the size and proportions of the outgoing model.

But it appears to feature a sportier roofline as well as Taycan-inspired elements, like the headlamps. The rear seems inspired by the Cayenne Coupe, and it also features a retractable spoiler. This prototype is fitted with exhaust outlets in the rear bumper, but according to intel from our paparazzi they are fake.

The second-gen Porsche Macan rides on a new platform

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Porsche developed a new platform for the Macan. It's called PPE (Premium Platform Electric) and it will be shared with Audi, which is rumored to use it for the upcoming Q6 e-tron.

This platform is somewhat related to the Taycan’s, but it’s been specifically designed for high-riding vehicles. Although it will debut in the Macan, the PPE architecture will eventually find its way into the Cayenne.

How powerful will the Porsche Macan be?

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This information is still a mystery, but we can look at the Taycan for a few hints. Although these vehicles ride on different platforms, it’s safe to assume that they will share technology.

Porsche will probably offer around four drivetrain options and it has already been confirmed that trims will include Turbo and Turbo S models.

Expect the entry-level model to arrive with around 250 horsepower. It will probably feature a single electric motor and should be able to run for around 200 miles on a single charge. The Macan S trim will probably deliver more than 300 horsepower, but it will also have a bigger battery good for around 240 miles per charge. The Turbo trim should at least match the current gasoline model in terms of output, so expect it to crank out more than 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque from a couple of electric motors. But while this version will be faster, it won’t be as efficient as the Macan S, with range likely to drop below 240 miles.

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Although it doesn’t offer a Turbo S version of the Macan now, Porsche will probably create one for the all-electric model. Don’t expect it to be as will as the Taycan Turbo S, rated at 751 horsepower, though. Instead, it could be similar to the Taycan 4S and arrive with around 550 horsepower and close to 500 pound-feet of torque. This model should also return around 240 miles per single charge if fitted with the Performance Battery Plus package.

When will you be able to buy the all-electric Porsche Macan?

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The electric crossover should break cover sometime in 2021. Given the early development stage, Porsche will probably unveil the Macan EV in the second half of the year. Sales will commence by the end of 2021, but production won’t start until 2022. Word has it that the current Macan will remain in production for a couple more years, so the electric and internal combustion variants will be sold together for a while.

Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
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