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Positioned above the Cayenne, 2027-bound high-tech luxury crossover confirmed as first SSP Sport model

Porsche's seven-seat, off-road-capable luxury electric crossover, primed to arrive in 2027 and sit above the Cayenne, will be styled as a raised coupé with "a completely new experience inside".

Also designed to "offer strong performance" and automated driving, the new range-topper will be created will take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV and BMW iX

It will be unlike any previous Porsche production car, say sources privy to early design proposals, with a length stretching beyond five metres and a profile that's “part saloon, part crossover”. 

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has described the car, known under the internal codename K1, as “a very sporting interpretation of an SUV”. This will take the form of a raised coupé, he confirmed during the company's annual general meeting (AGM) this morning, saying: "This new vehicle concept is designed to offer strong performance and automated driving with the typical Porsche flyline, along with a completely new experience inside the vehicle."

He added: "We're thereby underlining and strengthening our sporty luxury positioning. We're observing growing profit pools in this segment, in particular in China and the US."

Deputy chairman Lutz Meschke said the K1 was the "perfect match for the Chinese market".

When it arrives, the advanced four-wheel-drive flagship will head a growing Porsche line-up, consisting of seven individual models.

The K1 will offer the latest in synchronous electric motor, high-performance battery and rapid-charging technology – developments that, insiders at the company’s Zuffenhausen headquarters in Germany say, will extend its price well beyond the £150,500 of the existing ICE Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

Already three years in conception and planning, the K1 aims to build on the success of the Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Macan, Porsche’s two best-selling models over the past two decades, as well as last year.

When it arrives, it will become the sixth Porsche EV after the Porsche Taycan, next year’s electric Macan, an electric Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman pairing due in 2025 and an electric version of the Cayenne tentatively planned for launch in 2026. 

Having recently been listed on the stock exchange, Porsche is positioning itself as a leader in EV technology.

“We have a clear strategy to drive electrification forward over the next few years, aiming to deliver over 80% fully electric vehicles by 2030. It’s a very strong upward curve,” said Blume of Porsche’s sales targets. 


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The K1 will get a unique silhouette, insiders suggest, with a short bonnet by Porsche standards, a steeply raked windscreen and a curved roof that extends into a liftback-style tailgate. To give it suitable off-road capabilities, it's also said to feature considerable ride height in its most extreme driving mode. Ground clearance will be adjusted via sophisticated air suspension with multiple settings. 

The K1 will be the first car to sit on Porsche’s adaptation of parent Volkswagen Group’s Scalable Systems Platform, known as SSP Sport, Blume confirmed during the AGM.

Although details are scarce, this is expected to offer more performance than the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture being developed in partnership between Porsche and its Volkswagen Group sister company Audi.

Set to make its debut under the electric Macan in 2024, the PPE has been confirmed to initially support models with up to 603bhp and 737lb ft of torque using an 800V electrical system and either single-motor (rear-wheel-drive) or dual-motor (four-wheel-drive) layouts.

The K1 has been tipped by insiders to run an 920V electrical system for even faster charging than PPE-based models and have oil cooling for its motors. What battery pack it could use remains under wraps, although it's expected to adopt a cell-to-chassis layout for added structural integrity, with a capacity of more than 100kWh and a WLTP range of more than 435 miles in its most efficient form. 

Other chassis tech planned for the K1 includes electronically controlled four-wheel steering that will offer up to 5deg of turning angle for the rear wheels to give added manoeuvrability at low speeds around town and greater agility at higher speeds. This feature will work in combination with an electronic differential providing a torque-vectoring effect between each individual rear wheel. 

Inside the K1, Porsche will offer "a completely new experience, with a focus on space. This is down to key architectural developments being pushed by Porsche for the new SSP Sport platform, such as a low cabin floor, courtesy of a slimline battery pack, and rear footwells similar to those of the J1 platform used by the existing Taycan. 

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Production of the K1 is scheduled to take place alongside that of the electric Macan at Porsche’s factory in Leipzig, Germany – the same site responsible for the existing Macan, Cayenne and Porsche Panamera.

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Time was an SUV wasn’t considered aspirational enough to sit in the rarefied ultra-luxury category. Who would pay £150,000-plus for an elevated hatchback? We’re way past that now, which is why Porsche feels confident enough to tackle the likes of the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and Aston Martin DBX.

The fact that this new car is electric is less important than the company it will keep in this new price point. Launching in 2027 pretty much requires an EV.

Porsche has toyed with the lower end of this market with the range-topping £150,500 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, and of course it understands the pricier reaches of the sports-car market. But this is a direct bid to the world’s ultra-high-net-worth individuals that it deserves that spot in their garage that houses more everyday cars.

Porsche’s conviction of success stems both from its buoyant post-IPO valuation as well as the health of this market. Last year Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini all posted record sales, and for all three, an SUV (the Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Lamborghini Urus respectively) was responsible for around half of all sales.

Porsche already understands the power of the SUV. Last year, the Cayenne and smaller Macan were its best-sellers, accounting for just under 60% of its total for the year.

Sales of the K1 won’t come anywhere near the 95,604 that Porsche clocked for the Cayenne in 2022, but with a starting price that could even triple that of the entry Cayenne (£63,700), it should be enough to swallow development costs and still return a sizeable margin.

Porsche of course will be able to leverage the economies of scale from building on the Volkswagen Group’s PPE platform, which will emerge next year under the electric Macan. Porsche already understands the benefit of platform-sharing after building the Cayenne on the same Volkswagen Group MLB platform as the Urus, Bentayga and Audi Q7. The economics make sense.

Now Porsche just has to convince the ultra-rich that this product is exclusive enough to part with their cash.

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Anton motorhead 13 March 2023
This kind of car isn't my cup of tea either, but if you don't like it then don't buy it. Being electric does not necessarily mean this or any other EV is environmentally friendly, but we rarely see objective calculations of the real environmental footprint these huge and heavy cars make over their predicted lifespan compared to ICE cars. Maybe hydrogen is the best alternative after all? Give it a few more years of development and let's talk about it again by then.
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Mikey C 13 March 2023

A 5m long, 7 seater Porsche is surely stretching the brand too far? 

gagaga 13 March 2023

Not really.  They're an SUV maker that sells a few sports cars on the side.

xxxx 13 March 2023

bear in mind you can already get a 5.2 metre long Porsche's and versions of the Cayenne are already 4.9 metres.