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Porsche is continuing its drive towards electrification with the introduction of its second battery electric vehicle, the Macan. The Macan is Porsche’s compact 5-passenger crossover, and this new electric version brings a muscular new look and more power to the lineup. The electric Macan will be sold alongside the internal combustion engine (ICE) Macan, which will continue in its current guise for the foreseeable future.
“With the all-electric Macan, we are presenting the first Porsche that we are taking electric from an established product identity,” says Michael Mauer, Porsche Chief Designer. “The new Macan is clearly recognizable by its brand identity as part of the Porsche product family. The classic Porsche proportions have been further developed and optimally adapted to the challenges of an electric vehicle. This has further heightened its sporty, modern, and dynamic appearance. The design makes it clear: The Macan remains the sports car in its segment, even in electric form.”
The new electric Macan has a fresh style that sets it apart from its ICE sibling. With shorter overhangs, a sleek coupe-like silhouette, and a powerful stance, the new Macan is slightly longer and wider than the current gas-powered model. The stylish four-part LED daytime running lights appear sculpted out of the hood, giving the Macan a unique face. LED headlights are integrated into the front fascia, practically hidden from sight until switched on.
With LED taillights that span the rear of the vehicle, the Macan has a clean style at the rear. The 3D light strip features the Porsche logo and emphasizes the vehicle’s wide stance, as do the bold fenders.
Porsche will offer the new electric Macan in two trim levels: Macan 4 and Macan Turbo. Both feature a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system and deliver outstanding performance. The Macan 4 starts at $78,800, while the Turbo carries a base price of $105,300 – prices don’t include the $1,650 destination charge.
As an electric vehicle, the Macan Turbo clearly doesn’t have a turbocharged engine, so we asked Porsche why it carries the Turbo name. The response was that Turbo is now more of a name than a descriptor, calling out the highest-performing version of a Porsche model. So it is Turbo in name only.
Both electric Macans have the same motor on the front axle, but the Turbo has a more powerful rear motor. In the Macan 4, the dual motors put out a maximum 402 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque – enough power to move this 5-passenger crossover to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The Macan Turbo bumps up to 630 horsepower and 833 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful Macan to ever come from Porsche. With that much power on tap, the Macan Turbo sprints to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and boasts a top speed of 161 mph.
While the electric Macan will be quick off the line, a Porsche is about more than just launching from a stoplight. Handling should be excellent with Porsche’s adaptive air suspension and Porsche Traction Management (PTM), which adjusts power distribution for maximum grip. For the first time, the Macan is available with rear-axle steering. With the ability to turn up to five degrees, the rear wheels turn opposite the front at slow speeds for better maneuverability, turning in sync at higher speeds for improved stability.
The Macan is the first Porsche built on the brand’s new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) electric vehicle architecture. With an 800-volt power system, this new platform integrates the 96 kWh battery into the chassis for better stability and performance. The PPE will be the basis of the next electric Porsches, with the Cayenne expected to be the next EV entry.
With its 800-volt architecture, the new Porsche Macan Electric can charge at rates up to 270 kW from a DC fast charger. At that rate, the Porsche can charge from 10 to 80 percent in about 21 minutes. Plugged into a Level 2 charger, the Macan will reach a 100 percent charge from empty in 11 hours – an easy overnight task. The EPA hasn’t released range and efficiency information for the electric Macan – this is expected to come out closer to the on-sale date.
The new Macan gets a stylish cabin that features a clean design with multiple display screens and minimal physical controls. A free-standing curved 12.6-inch driver display and a 10.9-inch central infotainment display are standard on both Macan variants. An additional 10.9-inch screen is available for use by the front passenger. Climate controls are located in a separate panel for easy access, and there is a volume control knob as well. Ambient lighting is available in seven colors, providing a premium look to the cabin. This lighting also works as communication lighting, using colors and patterns to provide a welcome to the cabin as well as alerting the driver with driver assistance warnings.
A new infotainment system built on the Android Automotive operating system is introduced in Macan Electric. With a clear presentation and responsive controls, the infotainment system can be accessed via the touchscreen or voice control, activated by saying, “Hey, Porsche.” Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, both offering a wireless connection.
The Porsche Macan 4 comes standard with power-adjustable comfort seats, while the Turbo gets Adaptive Sports Seats. Seat heating is standard, with the option of ventilation as well as massage. Leather trim is also standard, with a variety of color choices, including a two-tone treatment. As with other Porsches, the Macan Electric has an extensive list of custom features and treatments available, including seatbelt colors, multiple trim choices, and special illuminated badging.
Rear seat passengers should have plenty of room, thanks partly to the flat floor, which is made possible with the electric powertrain.
The electric Macan may be a sports car at heart, but it still delivers good utility. There is 18 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, with an additional 2.9 cu ft under the hood in the frunk. The rear seats can fold flat to accommodate larger items.
Customers can order the new electric Porsche Macan today. Deliveries are expected to begin later this summer when the electric Macan will join the Porsche Taycan as the German brand’s second EV offering.