• An electric Porsche Macan will arrive in 2023 alongside a new gasoline-powered version, which will debut later this year.
  • It'll be built on a new electric platform with a similar 800-volt architecture as the Taycan electric sedan, but it will have significantly more range, Porsche claims.
  • The electric and gas-powered models will be differentiated by design, similar to the Taycan and Panamera.

    Porsche's best-selling model will have an electric version arriving in 2023, and the company is currently testing prototypes. It'll ride on a new electric platform, have significantly more range than the Taycan electric sedan, and be sold alongside the new gas-powered Macan that'll arrive later this year. Porsche hasn't announced what the electric model will be called or when the gas-powered model will go away. That'll be decided based on how well it sells.

    The electric Macan will be built on VW Group's Premium Platform Electric (PPE) electric architecture that will be used on a range of future Audi and Porsche products. The new gas-powered model will use the Macan's existing platform. The EV will borrow the Taycan's 800-volt architecture, which allows for fast charging at a maximum of 270 kilowatts, and like the Taycan, Porsche is planning that the electric Macan will have two battery sizes available. However, Porsche says that the majority of North American customers thus far have chosen the larger battery pack, so we could have only one battery size in the States. The Macan is currently available as base, S, Turbo, and GTS models powered by turbo four-cylinder or turbo V-6 engines.

    Porsche claims that the Macan EV will have "significantly" more range than the current Taycan. That means it should boast more than the 2021 Taycan 4S model's 227 miles of EPA-estimated range, which is currently the highest in the lineup. This will be essential in order to make it competitive with other electric crossovers such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y, which both have variants with more than 300-mile EPA range ratings. Porsche is also planning to expand its partnership with the Electrify America charging network, possibly with destination chargers at hotels and dealerships.

    They'll look different from the standard Macan, too. Michael Steiner, Porsche's executive board member for development, made a reference to the Taycan and Panamera. Visual differences between the two Macans are hinted at in the photos, especially on the front end where Porsche has attempted to cover it with camouflage that blends in with the looks of the current Macan. These prototypes' headlights are slimmer and of course don't have a traditional grille like the gas-powered model. Other than that, they are similar in size and shape to the current crossover. And Porsche says they'll have a similar propulsion sound to that of the Taycan.

    We should know more about the electric Macan once the new gas-powered model makes its debut by the end of the year.

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