The next-generation Porsche Macan will be offered exclusively with electric drivetrains, in a move that further distances the German car maker from traditional internal combustion engine technology.
In an official announcement, Porsche said: “The Supervisory Board of Porsche AG has decided to manufacture the next generation of the Macan as a fully electric series.”
Set for introduction in 2021, the second iteration of the firm’s mid-size SUV is set to become the third electric Porsche, following the Taycan due out later this year and the Taycan Sport Turismo estate, which is planned to go on sale in 2020. The firm had previously revealed that it was working on a battery-electric SUV.
No details have been made about the electric drivelines planned to power to the new Macan, but it’s expected to receive a twin motor set-up and standard four-wheel drive, as planned for higher-end versions of the Taycan.
As with the existing facelifted version of the first-generation Macan on sale today, the electric SUV is also set to be sold with a number of different power outputs in a multi-model range.
Commenting on the decision to make the Macan an electric model, Porsche chairman Oliver Blume said: “Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly, not just because they share a high-efficiency approach, but especially because of their sporty character.”
The new Macan, which has been under development at Porsche for over two years, will be the first model to be based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) vehicle platform being developed by Porsche and Volkswagen Group sister company Audi.
A development of the J1 platform used by the Taycan and Taycan Sport Turismo, the more flexible PPE platform has been conceived to support models with both low and high ground clearance, and with varying wheelbase and track widths.