As 2020 draws to a close, Porsche has taken the functional prototype of the its next electric car, the 2022 Porsche Macan, out for a test drive. The countdown to the debut of the Tesla Model Y rival has begun, and here’s everything you need to know about it.
The first 2022 Porsche Macan prototype, seen in spy shots published on motor1.com, wears heavy camouflage and carries plenty of disguise to delude onlookers until it’s showtime. The silhouette cannot be masked and so we have a fair idea of the body style and the overall shape of the upcoming Porsche electric car.
The first-gen Porsche Macan, which broke cover in 2013, is a modern-day SUV with a gently sloping roof line. While it will continue alongside the next-gen model until Porsche’s main markets are ready for full-scale EV adoption, the Porsche Macan electric will be an SUV-coupe with a hunchback. The SUV-coupe bodystyle would help not just in optical differentiation but achieve better aerodynamics. In addition to a quickly downward-sloping roof line, expect an active spoiler edge on the trunk lid to improve the airflow for enhanced range.
Porsche is one of the few brands well known for respecting its traditions. However with the EV era is calling for radical changes inside-out, it has acknowledged the need for breaking the rules in some aspects. Consider the adoption of a fully digital instrument cluster in the Porsche Taycan for instance. Similarly, it may introduce a virtual mirror option, a feature that potential customers sure would expect seeing it on the ‘everyday’ alternative from VW Group portfolio – the Audi e-tron Sportback. Sleek virtual mirrors can further reduce aerodynamic drag and add to the range in the race to catch Tesla.
The 2022 Porsche Macan will debut the brand-new dedicated EV platform for luxury models called Premium Platform Electric (PPE) or PPE-Architektur in German. Porsche and Audi are jointly developing this platform, and reports say that two Audi models are planned on it, including the Macan’s technical cousin possibly called the Audi Q6 e-tron.
PPE is developed exclusively for D-segment (mid-size), E-segment (executive) and F-segment (full-size) EVs. PPE is similar to MEB or Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten as they call it in German, but it allows better outputs and new technologies and thus higher performance levels.
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One electric motor in the rear is standard in PPE models, and as an option, it is possible to offer a second electric motor at the front axle (PSM or ASM), effectively unlocking an eAWD layout. The maximum system voltage is double that of MEB – 800 volts, which enables a significantly higher charging capacity of 350 kW.
While it’s obvious that the 2022 Porsche Macan won’t be close to the Taycan in performance parameters, we expect of a top-end Turbo variant offering 550-600 horsepower. A year later, a Turbo S variant could join the range with 650-700 horsepower. For reference, the first-gen Porsche Macan maxes out at 434 horsepower (Turbo variant).
Production of the 2022 Porsche Macan will be held at the Porsche Leipzig plant in Germany. On September 14, 2020, Porsche announced that preparations to make this plant ready for manufacturing the next Porsche electric car have begun. The company will likely unveil the next-gen Porsche Macan electric SUV in fall 2021.
‘Old’ Macan to continue alongside next-gen Macan EV
Porsche has promised that it isn’t taking the gas-powered Macan off the market anytime soon. Full BEV adoption in the company’s main markets is still a few years away, and until then, it will continue selling ICE vehicles.
Porsche may not be planning to keep a gas-powered Macan in its stable another 7 years, though. Instead of launching a new generation ICE Macan, it plans another facelift to the existing model to keep things fresh.
Oliver Blume, CEO, Porsche, told autozeitung.de in October 2020 that the old Porsche Macan will get another refresh to sell alongside the next-gen model. Terming the design of the EV “Emotional” he added (translated from German):
We are significantly upgrading today’s Macan so that we can offer it for a while alongside the electric model. In a positive sense, our customers have a choice: they can drive the Macan as a combustion engine or fully electric.Oliver Blume, CEO, Porsche on the business strategy of the Porsche Macan
2022 Porsche Macan FAQs
What is the 2022 Porsche Macan release date?
The new Porsche Macan should debut in fall 2021 and go on sale in the US in 2022.
What are the 2022 Porsche Macan rivals?
The next Porsche electric car will compete with the likes of the Tesla Model Y, BMW iX & Audi e-tron Sportback.
What will be the 2022 Porsche Macan price?
The Porsche Macan electric will likely cost around $80,000 onwards in the US.