Porsche Macan EV snapped testing

Published: 22 October 2020

► EV-flavour only – no hybrid power
► Being built in Leipzig
► Follows Taycan and Taycan: Cross Turismo

The next Porsche Macan is going to available in an all-electric variant – and we’ve got pictures of a prototype in action. They may look like a Georges Seurat painting, but despite the grain, they reveal some interesting details about Porsche’s compact eSUV.  

Size-wise, the new car looks much like the current Macan, but look harder and you’ll see the car features smaller, Taycan-style lights. The camo is doing its best to make them look like the existing car, but it’s possible to see the outline of the new pill-shaped lights on closer inspection.

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It’s harder to see what’s going on in regards to the rear lights, but we’re thinking it’ll borrow elements from Porsche’s electric four-door, too.

Stuttgart said the Taycan marked an additional direction for Stuttgart’s styling department, and it’s possible that it’ll form the template for all future Porsche EVs. 

Keep reading for more on the Macan.

Where the Macan EV fits in

The relentless move toward electrification continues, and Porsche is the latest brand to announce a huge push for EV production. A statement from Stuttgart has outlined plans for a new all-electric Macan, but significantly, it’ll only come in EV flavour.

Porsche says the new Macan will be the brand’s first all-electric compact SUV, and will follow the Taycan – which will be made by the end of this year –  and later, the Taycan Cross Turismo. The new Macan should make it to production by 2020.

‘Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly; not just because they share a high-efficiency approach, but especially because of their sporty character,’ said Oliver Blume, chairman of Porsche’s board of management. ‘By 2022 we will be investing more than six billion euros in electric mobility, and by 2025 50% of all new Porsche vehicles could have an electric drive system.’

Porsche will still produce petrol and hybrid cars in at least the next ten years, then, but the balance will skew increasingly to electrification. ‘We will focus on a drive mix consisting of even further optimised petrol engines, plug-in hybrid models, and purely electrically operated sports cars,’ Blume confirmed.

‘Our aim is to take a pioneering role in technology, and for this reason we will continue to consistently align the company with the mobility of the future.’

What else do we know?

As expected, the new Macan will use the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) platform co-developed by Audi, and will therefore be a ground-up EV, which does offer packaging benefits. That’s not to be confused with the lower, sportier J1 platform – also developed by Audi and Porsche – on which the Taycan and e-Tron GT are based.

Porsche says the new compact SUV will feature the same 800-volt technology as the Taycan, so charging should be fast and brief: The Taycan will get 400km in 20 minutes, and 80% charge in 17 just minutes.

Where’s it going to be built?

The new Macan will be produced in Leipzig, the original home of the Cayenne SUV back in 2002. According to this week’s statement, the decision to manufacture the Macan EV was taken in July last year.

We’ll update this article when we know more about the forthcoming Macan EV.

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast