Porsche’s Macan SUV Electric : Porsche has recently unveiled its much-awaited second electric vehicle, the Macan SUV, setting a new benchmark with its starting price of $80,450 – surprisingly affordable within the luxury car landscape. This release marks Porsche’s foray into electrifying one of its existing vehicle models, expanding its electric lineup alongside the previously introduced Taycan in 2019.
The Macan EV is built on Porsche’s Premium Platform Electric architecture, a collaborative effort with Audi. Sporting a robust 100kWh battery, with 95kWh of usable capacity, and an 800-volt architecture, the Macan promises swift charging capabilities. It can accept up to 270kW of fast charging, achieving an impressive 10 to 80 percent charge in just 21 minutes.
In terms of range, while the EPA estimate is yet to be disclosed, the WLTP-rated range is speculated to be around 310 miles, considering the vehicle’s specifications. Charging flexibility includes the ability to effectively split the 800-volt battery into two 400-volt batteries for charging at compatible stations.
The Macan will be available in two variants: the Macan 4 and Macan Turbo, both equipped with dual motors for all-wheel drive. The Macan 4 generates 300kW (402 horsepower) and achieves 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds, while the Macan Turbo boasts a powerful 470kW (630 horsepower) and accelerates from 0 to 60mph in just 3.1 seconds.
Both models feature air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) electronic damping control as standard, offering a balance between comfort and performance across various drive programs. The Macan’s aerodynamic design, with a drag coefficient of 0.25, is achieved through active cooling flaps, sealed underbody covers, and air curtains below the headlights.
A notable feature is the optional rear-axle steering, providing a maximum steering angle of five degrees, resulting in a compact turning circle of 36.4 feet. The Macan, positioned as an all-terrain utility vehicle, can tow up to 4,409 lbs.
Inside, the Macan boasts a small front trunk, or “frunk,” with a volume of 2.9 cubic feet, along with a revamped heads-up display resembling augmented reality. The central touchscreen is 12.6 inches, complemented by a 10.9-inch gauge cluster. Porsche plans to integrate Android Automotive into the Macan, making it one of the first vehicles featuring the Google-powered infotainment system, while Apple CarPlay will remain available.
Despite its luxurious features and cutting-edge technology, the Macan offers a more accessible entry point into the Porsche electric vehicle lineup. The Macan 4 starts at $78,800, plus a $1,650 delivery fee, totaling $80,450, making it an attractive option for luxury car enthusiasts. The Macan Turbo, with an inclusive delivery charge, begins at $106,950.
Porsche’s Macan represents a significant step towards making high-performance electric vehicles more accessible without compromising on the brand’s hallmark features and performance.