- The Porsche Macan EV could arrive for the 2024 model year, and the latest spy photos show the electric SUV with minimal camouflage.
- The Macan EV will sport a coupe-like roofline that takes a sharp dive aft of the rear doors, likely to improve aerodynamics and in turn increase range.
- The Macan EV will ride on the new PPE platform that promises shorter charging times and up to 603 horsepower from a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup.
Porsche is nearly ready to unleash its second electric model, and our spy photographer has now captured photos showing the Macan EV almost entirely undisguised. Spotted while testing in Germany, these latest images give us a clear look at the shape of the electric Macan’s body.
The most notable aspect of this virtually camo-free prototype is the sloping roofline, which dramatically plummets after reaching the rear doors. The shape gives the Macan EV a squat, hunchbacked stance reminiscent of the Genesis GV60. Although coupe-style SUVs have become a trendy design choice in recent years, the curved roof has likely been incorporated to improve the aerodynamics, thus boosting range. All Macan EVs are expected to feature this body, instead of offering a more traditional squared-off body alongside a “coupe” variant.
The front end of the Macan EV draws heavily upon Porsche’s first EV, the Taycan, with similarly shaped headlights, although these may end up just being daytime running lights as larger housings live below in the bumper. The taillights don’t appear to be in production spec, but the full-width light bar sits beneath an electronically deployable rear wing, another aerodynamic trick to squeeze out as much range as possible. It also appears that there is some tape obscuring a design cue, possibly air outlets, below the taillights.
The Macan EV will ride on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), a new architecture that will also underpin the upcoming Audi Q6 e-tron, which should fill a similarly sized gap in Audi’s lineup. Last year, Porsche revealed that PPE will support both rear- and all-wheel-drive setups, producing a peak of 603 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. The Q6, meanwhile, will max out at 482 hp in the SQ6 model, with a boost mode unlocking 509 ponies.
The biggest benefit of PPE is the 800-volt electrical system, which should allow the Macan EV to charge at rates higher than the Taycan’s current maximum of 270 kW. Porsche is predicting that the Macan EV will shoot from five to 80 percent charge in less than 25 minutes. The Macan EV should be revealed before the end of the year, with sales kicking off in 2024.
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