Porsche’s second-generation Macan will switch to electric-only power when it launches in 2021, but the company will continue to sell the existing gasoline-powered first-generation model alongside it indefinitely.
In a move that will provide Porsche with both gasoline engine and all-electric versions of the Macan until well into the next decade, a decision has been made to extend the life of the first-generation Macan beyond the end of its planned model cycle.
The decision means gasoline versions of the next Macan will remain on the Audi-developed MLB (Modular Longitudinal) platform, while the new all-electric version will use the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture being developed in an engineering partnership between Porsche and Audi.
To provide the second-generation lineup with a harmonious look, both the gasoline engine and electric models will adopt similar exterior and interior styling.
“The gasoline-engine Macan will continue to be produced alongside the new electric PPE-based Macan in Leipzig,” a senior spokesperson from Porsche’s Zuffenhausen headquarters in Stuttgart tells Wards.
Porsche won’t confirm how long the two models will be produced in parallel, adding: “There will be a transition time, but just how long that will be has not yet been determined.”
The existing first-generation Macan launched in 2014, meaning its platform and mechanical package will be seven years old when the new electric-powered second-generation model arrives in 2021.
Porsche says the decision to extend the life of the existing Macan is due to concerns that some markets are not prepared for a sudden switch to all-electric drivetrains.
“The move to a fully electric model line-up is suitable for certain markets but, due to a lack of infrastructure and other hurdles, it is yet not possible in other markets,” Porsche says. “We are constantly monitoring the situation and can react accordingly.”
The decision by Porsche to continue producing the gasoline version of the Macan despite plans for an all-new electric model is expected to be mirrored at its Volkswagen Group sister company Audi with the Q5.
Confirmed for introduction in 2021, the second iteration of Porsche’s midsize CUV is set to become its third all-electric model, following the Taycan due out later this year and the Taycan Sport Turismo estate, which is planned to go on sale in 2020.
No details have been released about the electric drivelines that will power the new Macan, but it's expected to receive a twin motor set-up and standard all-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 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 says: “Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly, not just because they share a high-efficiency approach, but especially because of their sporty character.”
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.
Porsche has denied rumors suggesting it could reveal a concept of the new electric second-generation Macan at next week’s Geneva motor show.
In announcing plans to take the Macan electric, Porsche confirmed it will continue to be produced in Leipzig – a decision it says was made in July 2018. This will mean electric models being produced on existing Porsche production lines for the first time.
The Taycan and Taycan Sport Turismo are planned to be produced on a dedicated line currently being established at Porsche’s traditional Zuffenhausen manufacturing base on the outskirts of Stuttgart.