According to a report on Automotive News, a new Porsche flagship SUV is under development, with its key credentials being a three-row seating layout, something Porsche’s best-selling model, the Cayenne, does not offer.
What we know about the new Porsche flagship
At a meeting of dealers at Porsche’s U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Porsche revealed a rendering of this untitled new flagship SUV. Dealers describe the model as longer and wider than the Cayenne, with a “sleek” design looking part-sedan and part-crossover. Another dealer described the Porsche SUV as having a ‘flat tail’ design that looks nothing like today’s Cayenne or Macan.
Dealers expect the model to offer a PHEV powertrain when launched, though a full EV could also follow, according to the report. Porsche is implementing its strategy (announced during its earnings report in March 2021) of CO2 neutrality by 2030, combined with 80 percent of new vehicle sales to be electric-only in 2030. By 2025, Porsche wants half of its sales with an electric motor, and the upcoming flagship SUV would certainly adhere to that goal.
The PHEV variant of the flagship SUV could see a platform shared with the Cayenne (VW MLB platform), which in turn, shares platforms with the three-row Audi Q7. Porsche engineers could re-work the Cayenne’s PHEV units, which in October 2020 received a larger battery (14.1 kWh to 17.9 kWh). The flagship SUV’s battery would be larger considering Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said at the company’s annual press conference in March 2021 that the company would offer hybrid models with a range exceeding 50 miles (80 km) in the future.
It is reported in the European press that the next-gen Audi Q7 would be the last new combustion model launch for Audi and that it is expected on sale towards the end of 2024. Could it be that Porsche is considering its derivative on the new Q7 Hybrid’s bones?
EV version could use PPE or SSP modules
Coming to a pure EV variant of the flagship SUV, we think Porsche would first consider the EV-exclusive PPE platform, which is jointly developing with Audi. If the flagship SUV is due in the second half of the decade, it could be a close mechanical cousin to the Audi Landjet (first Artemis product) project. For Artemis, Markus Duesmann, CEO, Audi, confirmed the usage of a unified battery cell and mixed use of PPE and SSP elements (SSP is the successor to the PPE platform, and the Artemis project will spearhead the move to SSP Duesmann confirmed).
Next-gen Porsche SUV FAQs
When is the 3-row Porsche flagship SUV expected?
Going by media reports, the three-row Porsche SUV could arrive mid-decade.
What is the expected price of the Porsche flagship SUV?
The upcoming Porsche flagship SUV could hit the USD 150,000 mark as it will be positioned above the Cayenne.
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