The first all-electric Porsche SUV is just around the corner – and it’s expected to launch side-by-side with its frenemy from Audi.
The mid-sized electric rivals to the Audi E-Tron, BMW iX3, Mercedes-Benz EQC, and Jaguar I-Pace will follow in the footsteps of battery-powered crossovers from Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen, and Audi, which are on track to launch in 2021.
Although the current Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan share parts of their chassis, it’s not clear what similarities their electric counterparts will share.
Above: A clay model of the Macan EV was recently leaked
The 2022 Macan EV is expected to debut the high-performance PPE electric architecture being co-developed by Audi and Porsche.
Given the platform is being co-developed by Audi and Porsche, it’s likely the electric Q5 will also be based on the PPE platform.
We don’t yet know what powertrains the Macan EV will use, though we expect the model range to follow a similar naming structure to the Taycan.
The Taycan is available in 4S, Turbo and Turbo S models, with a Performance Battery Plus option on the base and 4S variants. There’s also a less powerful base model available in other markets.
Porsche’s first EV is available with either a 79.2kWh or 93.4kWh lithium-ion battery, with outputs ranging from 390kW of power and 640Nm in the regular Taycan 4S to 560kW of power and 1050Nm in the Turbo S.
Electric range for Australian-market Taycans varies from 365km in the 4S to 420km in the Turbo.
The existing, internal combustion-powered Macan is expected to continue alongside its new electric sibling for a few years.
To keep it fresh, Porsche is readying another facelift for the ICE-powered Macan of which we recently shared photos.