Scheduled to start production in the latter part of 2022 as a 2023 model, the Macan EV will enter the Porsche lineup alongside gasoline-powered versions. The German automaker will operate another facelift for the ICE to keep the crossover as relevant as possible, but the all-electric newcomer is a clean-sheet design on the outside and under the skin.
Spied with tons of camouflage and Taycan-inspired headlights in Germany, this mule also features a few Cayenne styling cues up front and out back. Sitting on low-resistance summer tires augmented by multi-spoke wheels that aren’t meant for production, the prototype flaunts a coupe-like roofline and a retractable spoiler that should act as an air brake under heavy braking.
The cabin shots reveal a generous center console and three massive displays: one serving as the digital instrument cluster, a touchscreen for the infotainment system, and a console-mounted touchscreen for—most likely—the heater and air conditioning. At the very top of the leather-wrapped dashboard, you’ll also notice a cool stopwatch included in the Sport Chrono Package.
As opposed to the MLB-underpinned Macan with internal combustion, the all-electric Macan will switch to the PPE. Co-developed with Audi, the Premium Platform Electric will ultimately replace the J1 architecture of the Taycan because it has been designed for low- and high-floored applications.
Confirmed to launch in Europe in the earliest part of 2023, the Macan EV features 800-volt electrification for ultra-fast charging at rates of up to 350 kilowatts, mind-boggling performance, as well as superior power retention.
More or less the premium-oriented counterpart to the MQB platform, the PPE could also underpin the first-ever Lamborghini EV. The Raging Bull intends to electrify all three model lines (Huracan, Aventador, and Urus) by 2025, and sometime after 2025, the fourth model line will be introduced.
Volkswagen Group brand Bentley is also serious about electrification. Everything will be hybridized before 2025, and by 2030, the British ultra-luxury brand with a sporting heritage will transition to EVs exclusively.