Porsche's Cheapest Model to Go All-electric

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

So, perhaps not cheapest for long. Tuesday, the German automaker announced its next-generation Macan crossover will divest itself of internal combustion for its next generation.

By adopting new architecture and dropping its gas powerplant, the Macan, refreshed for 2019 and currently starting at just a tick below $50k U.S., will become the company’s third electric vehicle. It’s unlikely the S and GTS variants will survive, but perhaps the Macan will retain TURBO badging of a non-turbo nature?

Porsche claims the new Macan — an “all-electric series” — will emerge from its Leipzig assembly complex at the beginning of the coming decade with a quick-juicing 800-volt charging system. That system, as well as the model’s new PPE architecture (Premium Platform Electric), is borrowed from the upcoming Taycan sedan, which bows late this year as a 2020 model.

Joining the Taycan soon after its launch is a Cross Turismo wagon variant. Porsche didn’t get specific about the new Macan’s launch date, preferring to talk up its investments in


“electromobility.”

The brand plans to sink $6 billion into the technology by 2022, with the possibility that, by 2025, half of all Porsches rolling out of Germany might be electric. That’s a statement you can attribute to Porsche AG Chairman Oliver Blume.

“Nevertheless, over the next ten years we will focus on a drive mix consisting of even further optimised petrol engines, plug-in hybrid models, and purely electrically operated sports cars,” Blume said. “Our aim is to take a pioneering role in technology, and for this reason we will continue to consistently align the company with the mobility of the future.”

Until its green makeover, the Macan carries on with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, good for 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. That mill mates to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic. For 2019, the upgrade engine is a turbo 3.0-liter V6 generating 348 hp and 352 lb-ft.

[Image: Porsche AG]

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Feb 27, 2019

    To my surprise, Macan volume has increased steadily since 2014 - they moved over 23k in the US in 2018. So turning it into an EV is a bold move.

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    • Lockstops Lockstops on Feb 28, 2019

      @Lockstops (They briefly even were so brash as to get German legislators to block EV incentives from Teslas!! That was a step too far, too obvious, and too soon since VW didn't have their lineup ready yet.)

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Feb 27, 2019

    If Porsche is electric what is then so special about it? Badge? Style? Alcantra leather surfaces? Braking all the time and expensive to fix? I like color though. And please add machine gun turret on the roof for future urban warfare, when future finally arrives.

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    • ElSnuggles ElSnuggles on Mar 01, 2019

      The power plant doesn't matter, it's the experience - both inside and out of the car. As a long time BMW driver, I'm constantly in awe of how well Porsche treats my wife (a long time Porsche driver). Her current car has middling performance at best but she loves the way it sounds, the way it drives, and the luxurious interior. "What's so special about the badge" doesn't end at the car; Porsche treats their customers like royalty and markets to them extremely well. I walk into a BMW service department and don't find the experience much different than when I take my father's Toyota into the shop. Loaners are never a question. The sales experience is very laid back and they make buying painless..feels like if you are very nice to them, they'll let you buy a car. As for marketing, everything from a constant stream of owner events too little nicnacs that occasionally show up in the mail and email marketing which clearly shows they understand her rather than the mass market garbage that I get from BMW. I'm close to several other Porsche drivers, all who appear to get customized marketing. Yes its expensive to buy and maintain, but they are so effective at what they do that my wife won't consider another brand for her next car and she's not alone.

  • THX1136 I would not 'knowingly' purchase a Chinese built or brand. I am somewhat skeptical of actual build quality. What I've seen in other Chinese made products show them to be of low quality/poor longevity. They are quite good at 'copying' a design/product, but often they appear to take shortcuts by using less reliable materials and/or parts. And , yes, I know that is not exclusive to Chinese products. When I was younger 'made in Japan' was synonymous with poor quality (check John Entwistle's tune 'Made in Japan' out for a smile). This is not true today as much of Japan's output is considered very favorably and, in some product types, to be of superior quality. I tend to equate the same notion today for things 'made in China'.
  • Mike Beranek No, but I'm for a world where everyone, everywhere buys cars (and everything else) that are sourced and assembled regionally. Shipping big heavy things all over the planet is not a solution.
  • Jeffrey No not for me at this time
  • El scotto Hmm, my VPN and security options have 12-month subscriptions. Car dealers are not accountable to anyone except the owner. Of course, the dealer principles are running around going "state of the art security!", "We need dedicated IT people!" For the next 12 months. The hackers can wait.
  • El scotto Chip it, NOS it, Wrap it, go buy hipster jeans.
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