LEIPZIG, Germany — Totally electrical, and electrical solely, the next-generation Porsche Macan will make its debut in 2024. Particulars in regards to the mannequin are trickling out: the Stuttgart-based model unveiled the EV’s inside, offered further powertrain particulars, and gave Autoblog a high-speed experience in a prototype.
Inside, the Macan EV seems acquainted in case you’ve seen different current additions to the Porsche vary, like the brand new variations of the Panamera and the Cayenne. The motive force faces a 12.6-inch digital instrument cluster that may be configured to show a big selection of knowledge. There is a spherical begin button on the left facet of the instrument cluster and the more and more acquainted razor-shaped shifter situated on the precise facet of it.
The center a part of the dashboard homes a ten.9-inch touchscreen that shows a brand new, Android-powered infotainment system. The software program boots up as quickly because it detects that the motive force is approaching the automobile with the important thing, so it is able to go by the point you are buckled up, and it is appropriate with third-party purposes equivalent to Spotify, Amazon Music, and YouTube. Customers can obtain apps like on a smartphone. This perform will turn out to be useful whereas charging, and the entrance passenger can stream movies on-the-move by way of an non-compulsory 10.9-inch touchscreen built-in into the precise facet of the dashboard. I attempted this function within the Cayenne and could not inform the display was on from the motive force’s seat.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility come commonplace, although Miriam Mohamad, the supervisor of infotainment and connectivity for the Macan line, tells me over 85% of Porsche homeowners are Apple customers. Smartphone integration goes past merely overlaying the touchscreen with a brand new interface: when utilizing Google Maps or Apple Maps, the motive force can ship the third-party map to the Macan’s instrument cluster.
When it goes on sale in just a few months, the Macan EV will stand out as the primary Porsche mannequin supplied with an augmented-reality head-up show. The system makes use of interactive color-coded symbols, equivalent to arrows, to offer navigation instructions and different data. Porsche notes its new head-up show initiatives knowledge roughly 33 toes forward of the motive force on what corresponds to a huge 87-inch show.
As we have beforehand reported, the Macan EV will experience on the modular Premium Platform Electrical (PPE) structure developed collectively by Audi and Porsche. It’s going to ship with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain configured to ship rear-biased dealing with, and engineers dialed in a 48-percent entrance and 52-percent rear weight distribution. It should not really feel like a 911, nevertheless it doubtless will not really feel like a front-heavy SUV, both.
Porsche hasn’t launched technical specs but. All we all know at this stage is that the highest variant supplied at launch will put about 603 horsepower and greater than 737 pound-feet of torque underneath the motive force’s proper foot. Whereas these figures will make it way more highly effective than any model of the current-generation Macan, which tops out at 434 horsepower in GTS trim, remember the fact that going electrical provides an incredible quantity of weight. Driving vary stays up within the air as effectively, although the 800-volt electrical structure unlocks as much as 270-kilowatt charging.
From the passenger’s seat of a pre-production prototype, the Macan EV appears like a sports activities automobile. We’re on the check monitor subsequent to the Porsche manufacturing facility in Leipzig, Germany, and one of many model’s improvement drivers is on the wheel. He flooring it to exit the pit lane and the acceleration punches me within the intestine because it pins me to the seat. It would not cease, both: there are not any gears for the motive force to undergo, so the Macan builds up pace with out pausing for a shift till the motive force hits the brakes. As soon as we’re on the monitor, which incorporates well-known sections of different race tracks equivalent to Laguna Seca’s Corkscrew, the one indications that you simply’re sitting in an SUV are the comparatively spacious inside and the excessive seating place. In any other case, chances are you’ll as effectively be in a low-slung coupe. It turns (and even four-wheel drifts!) with what appears like surgical precision.
It helps that the 100-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, which is the heaviest a part of the automobile, lives under the passenger compartment, the place it lowers the middle of gravity. Utilizing the PPE platform additionally allowed Porsche so as to add extra know-how to the record of ordinary and non-compulsory options. There’s an obtainable rear-wheel steering system (a primary for the Macan) and, on some trims, a height-adjustable air suspension system. Jörg Kerner, the vice chairman of the Macan line, tells me the event crew’s aim is to make the EV the sportiest mannequin in its phase. He provides that the efficiency (together with what appears like a three-ish-second dash from zero to 60 mph) will likely be repeatable.
The brakes deliver the Macan to a cease with no fuss, even from triple-digit speeds on a straight a part of the monitor, however with out spending time behind the wheel I am unable to inform you whether or not the pedal feels synthetic like in lots of electrical and plug-in hybrid fashions or pure such as you’d anticipate finding in a Porsche. Kerner explains the electrical motors can recuperate at as much as 240 kilowatts, which represents round 14.1 toes per second.
Inbuilt Leipzig, Germany, the Macan EV will make its debut in some unspecified time in the future in 2024. It’s going to doubtless go on sale as a 2025 mannequin. You are not out of luck fairly but in case you’re not involved in going electrical: the current-generation Macan will likely be bought alongside its successor for a while.