Porsche has sneakily teased its upcoming battery-electric Macan.

    Lurking in the background of a photo in its new book Porsche Unseen is a clay model of the new electric SUV.

    It’s our best look yet at the Macan EV, though we’ve seen spy shots of a heavily camouflaged model.

    There’s a sleeker, more coupe-like roofline, a prominent, bulging shoulder line running down the side and flared wheel arches.

    Up front, there are more horizontally-oriented headlights and a sharp crease running across the grille-less fascia, giving the Macan a wider, more aggressive look.

    While not a carbon copy of the Taycan’s front-end, it draws heavily from it. That means we should expect the rear end, which Porsche hasn’t revealed yet, to also feature a full-width lighting assembly.

    The Macan EV will use the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) that Porsche is co-developing with Audi.

    Capable of underpinning medium and large sedans, wagons and SUVs, it’ll complement the J1 platform used by the Porsche Taycan and upcoming Audi E-Tron GT that’s been designed for lower, sportier models.

    Porsche and Audi have yet to confirm what other models will use the new PPE architecture.

    We also don’t yet know what electric 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.

    You might have missed the clay reveal of the Macan as it was tucked away behind the never-released 919 Street prototype in an image that’s since been removed from the online gallery.

    Porsche Unseen showcases 15 of the company’s concept cars, created from 2005 to 2019, that were never released.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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