As some of you might be aware, Porsche has been baking an all-electric Macan since late 2018; it is gonna be the first Porsche product to be built on the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) — developed in collaboration with Audi. The latest update on the Macan EV is that it is being put through a “grueling test programme to prepare for its upcoming world premiere”. And no, we don’t have a date yet, but you know, it’s not too far from now.
For obvious reasons, these prototypes/test mules don’t offer much detail in terms of the car’s design, but I imagine that the Macan EV won’t look much different from the ICE-powered Macans except for some EV-specific design adaptations. In simpler terms, the design differences between the Macan and Macan EV would be something similar to Panamera and Taycan.
But anyway, Porsche has shared some small information on the upcoming Macan EV. The vehicle floor is flat and closed like that of a racing car, even in the rear axle area. During normal cruising on a country road, the Macan automatically assumes its ideal streamline. The rear spoiler moves into the eco position, the air flaps close and the chassis level lowers. In this situation, Thomas Wiegand (Director of Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics) and his team measured a drag coefficient of 0.25 (previously 0.35).
All of these are claimed to make the new Macan one of the most aerodynamic SUVs – with a major impact on efficiency. The ranges according to WLTP will be more than 500 km (310+ mi) for all variants, said Porsche in an official press release. The electric motors are gonna draw juice from a 100 kWh pack (95 kWh usable), and thanks to PPE’s 800-volt architecture, the pack can be DC fast-charged with up to 270 kW.
The PSM motors are gonna offer up to 450 kW (612 metric hp) in boost mode and more than 1,000 Nm (737.5 lb-ft) of torque with Launch Control. Other key highlights of the Macan EV include the Porsche Active Suspension Management system with two-valve damper technology, air suspension, rear-axle transverse lock, and, rear-axle steering with an angle of up to 5 degrees.