The new Porsche Macan has finally arrived

Porsche has (finally) unveiled its first electric SUV. After a couple of years of delay, the carmaker has high hopes for its second electric model after the Taycan. After all, the Macan is not only Porsche’s best-selling model, but with the new Premium Platform Electric, it is also a trailblazer for the upcoming electric models.

First, it is not a Macan E, nor is it a Macan Electric. Porsche only refers to it as the “new Macan”. No name affixed. That should clarify that the electric model is not just an addition to the current combustion-powered Macan (which will continue to be offered for now) but a replacement.

“Our bestseller is going electric,” said Porsche boss Oliver Blume at the premiere in Singapore. However, to avoid confusion in sales, the new model is labeled “Electric” in the configurator.

Two variants

As announced earlier, the Macan will be available in two variants at the market launch. The top model is called the Macan Turbo; for the base model, Porsche has opted for the Macan 4. With its electric all-wheel drive, this model has an output of 300 kW and offers a maximum torque of 650 Nm.

As both Macan variants use the same battery with an energy content of 100 kWh, the slightly weaker Macan 4 has a greater range. According to WLTP, it can travel up to 613 kilometers on one charge. With the equivalent of 408 hp, the Macan 4 can complete the standard sprint in 5,2 seconds and reach a top speed of 220 kph.

The Macan Turbo uses the same front-axle motor as the Macan 4 but an entirely different version on the rear axle. For the top model, that means a system output of up to 470 kW in overboost (or 639 hp).

The torque is 1,130 Nm, with overboost. With Launch Control (and the aforementioned overboost), the Macan Turbo can accelerate from a standstill to 100 kph in 3,3 seconds. The top speed is 260 kph.

Of course, anyone utilizing the acceleration or top speed will not come close to the standard range. However, if the Macan Turbo is driven according to WLTP specifications, it has a range of 591 kilometers.

And even if Porsche launches further Macan drive variants – based on the Taycan portfolio, a 4S or GTS would be conceivable between a Macan 4 and Macan Turbo – these are also likely to have a standard range of around 600 kilometers. Macan series manager Jörg Kerner stated in a video clip at the launch event that all models would have a range of more than 500 kilometers.

95 kWh net battery

With that in mind, it seems possible that Porsche could offer a smaller battery and a more affordable base model. As mentioned above, a 100 kWh battery is used in both variants, 95% of which can be used, according to Kerner. Therefore, the net energy content is 95 kWh.

This 800-volt battery can be recharged with up to 270 kW peak. The charging process from 10 to 80% should take 21 minutes under ideal conditions. With a net energy content of 95 kWh, 66.5 kWh are recharged in this time, corresponding to an average charging power of 190 kW. Incidentally, the DC charging port on the Macan is located above the left rear wheel, while there is an additional AC charging port above the right rear wheel. AC charging is possible with 11 kW.

If the charging station only offers 400 volts, the battery can be virtually divided into two banks, which are then charged in parallel. That should enable “particularly efficient charging, without an additional HV booster, at up to 135 kW.”

Extensive testing

To test the new drive units, the battery, their charging behavior, and the chassis under all conceivable conditions, the prototypes and near-production models have covered over 3,5 million kilometers, from 30 degrees below zero in Scandinavia to 50 degrees in Death Valley. “An outstanding vehicle that performs on any surface,” says Blume about the new Macan.

The testing phase was extensive not only because Porsche attaches great importance to extreme tests and the brand’s typical driving dynamics but also because the Macan is the first model on a new platform.

The Macan will also be available with the typical Porsche surcharge list. Customers can thus choose between different technologies (depending on the model), for example, for the suspension and brakes, but also the optional four-wheel steering. All these components and combinations have to be tested and harmonized beforehand.

A basic Macan with steel springs and steel brakes is almost a different car to a Macan with adaptive air suspension, ceramic brakes, and the “performance rear end” of the Turbo model, which means an entirely different rear axle design.

Typical looks

At the launch event, Porsche focussed primarily on the design. There are few surprises when it comes to the design itself. The new Macan bears all the hallmarks of the brand’s current design language, from the four-section LED daytime running lights at the front to the Macan-typical sideline and the continuous light strip at the rear.

Some of the design elements have slightly been reinterpreted. The daytime running lights have been placed as a design element in the typical headlight position. The actual headlights are located in a separate unit underneath.

The light strip at the rear is more striking than before. Together with a dark-colored area around the Porsche lettering, it is one of the defining design elements of the rearview.

“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,” says Head of Design Michael Mauer.

“This has further heightened the sporty, modern, and dynamic appearance of the Macan. The design makes it clear: The Macan remains the sports car in its segment, even in electric form.”

84-liter frunk

The most important data in a nutshell: The Macan is 4,78 meters long, 1,94 meters wide without wing mirrors, and 1,62 meters high. The wheelbase is 2,89 meters, 8,6 centimeters longer than the previous combustion model.

Despite the sloping roofline, the boot behind the rear seat bench (depending on model and equipment) can hold up to 540 liters. With the rear seat backrest folded down, the rear load volume increases to up to 1 348 liters.

As with the Taycan, the electric Macan also has a second load compartment under the front bonnet. This ‘frunk’ holds another 84 liters and is designed to accommodate either the load equipment or a small travel bag. The new Macan’s maximum towing capacity is an even two tons.

Switch to Android

The interior is very Porsche-like. Anyone who has ever sat in a reasonably modern Porsche should quickly find his way around the Macan. Under the surface, however, much is new. Porsche now uses Android Automotive OS as the operating system for infotainment, and the Macan is available for the first time with an augmented reality head-up display.

The user interface of the standard Porsche Communication Management (PCM) looks very familiar, but it has a completely different technical basis. The thoroughly enhanced computing power should be reflected not only in the response time of the voice assistant but also in route planning, including charging stops. The switch to the Android Automotive OS also enables an app center for third-party apps.

Porsche priced

Somewhat unusual for a world premiere, Porsche immediately published the prices for the new model. In Germany, the Macan 4 is available for 84 100 euros, while the Macan Turbo costs at least 114 600 euros.

In Belgium, it’s € 88 100 and € 120 700, respectively. Of course, these prices are starting amounts. At the event, Porsche boss Blume emphasized Macan’s high level of customizability, for an extra fee, of course.

Therefore, only one question remains unanswered. Will the Macan also be the first PPE model to reach customers? With the premiere, Porsche was ahead of its sister model, the Audi Q6 e-tron, which is expected to be unveiled in March. Porsche says the first new Macan will be delivered “during the second half of the year.” So now the ball is in Audi’s court.

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