Porsche’s second-generation Macan will switch to electric-only power when it’s launched in 2021 – but the company will continue to sell the existing petrol-powered first-generation model alongside it indefinitely.
In a move that will provide Porsche with both petrol combustion engine and pure electric versions of the Macan until well into the next decade, a decision has been made to extend the life of the first-generation Macan beyond the end of its planned model cycle.
“The petrol-engine Macan will continue to be produced alongside the new electric PPE-based Macan in Leipzig,” a senior spokesperson from Porsche’s Zuffenhausen headquarters in Stuttgart told Autocar.
Porsche won’t confirm how long the two models will be produced in parallel, adding: “There will be a transition time, but just how long that will be has not yet been determined.”
Porsche says the decision to extend the life of the existing Macan is due to concerns that some markets are not prepared for a sudden switch to pure electric drivetrains.
“The move to a fully electric model line-up is suitable for certain markets but, due to a lack of infrastructure and other hurdles, it is yet not possible in other markets,” said Porsche. “We are constantly monitoring the situation and can react accordingly.”