The upcoming Porsche Macan EV, the German brand's critical first entry into the electric SUV segment, has been spotted in its closest production-spec form to date.
Sporting no camouflage at all and importantly no covered exhausts – previous mules had used ICE Macan bodies – the SUV shows off a slightly different design from the combustion car it will be sold alongside, which itself received a facelift last year (and a technical boost this year) that distinguishes the pair.
Key changes have resulted in a more angular face, replacing the current Macan’s blockier design. This also gives the headlights a sharper shape, more in line with those of the bigger Porsche Cayenne, and the front daytime light bars have been replaced by two sets of twin circular lights.
A close relationship to the Cayenne is also apparent at the rear, where the Macan EV swaps the previously bulbous design for a more angular one.
Deliveries of the Macan EV, which will share its PPE architecture with the similarly sized Audi Q6 E-tron, are scheduled for 2024. It was originally planned for this year, but was delayed by development difficulties at Cariad, the Volkswagen Group’s software division.
Antoon Janssen, Porsche powertrain manager for the Macan line, told Autocar that it intends for the Macan EV to be the sportiest car in its class.
As such, it receives a pair of permanently excited electric motors – one per axle – similar to those used in the Porsche Taycan.
However, these have been heavily reworked to boost power density and efficiency, featuring a new ‘double V’ magnet arrangement and switching from a silicon semiconductor to silicon-carbide. The latter reduces switching losses – effectively power leakage – in the motors’ pulse inverters.
These improvements yield power outputs of up to 603bhp, with more than 738lb ft of torque, sent to all four wheels. The firm has not commented on whether an ‘overboost’ function – as offered on the Taycan Turbo S to temporarily raise power and torque to 751bhp and 774lb ft – will also be available on the Macan EV.