The interior of the Porsche Macan EV is shown, and we go on a high-speed ride
LEIPZIG, Germany – The next generation of the all-electric and electric-only Porsche Macan will make its debut in 2024. Details about the model are coming: The Stuttgart-based brand has revealed the electric car’s interior, provided additional details on the powertrain; And I submitted Autoblog High-speed flight in prototype.
Inside, the Macan EV looks familiar if you’ve seen other recent additions to the Porsche range, such as the new versions of the Panamera and Cayenne. The driver faces a 12.6-inch digital instrument cluster that can be configured to display a wide range of information. There’s a round start button on the left side of the instrument cluster, and the increasingly familiar shifter is on the right side of it.
The middle section of the dashboard houses a 10.9-inch touchscreen displaying a new Android infotainment system. The software is triggered as soon as it detects the driver is approaching the car with the key, so it’s ready to go by the time the seatbelt is buckled, and it’s compatible with third-party apps like Spotify, Amazon Music and YouTube. Users can download applications as on a smartphone. This function will come in handy while charging, and the front passenger can stream videos while in motion via an optional 10.9-inch touchscreen integrated into the right side of the dashboard. I tried this feature in a Cayenne and couldn’t tell the screen was on from the driver’s seat.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility come standard, although Myriam Mohamed, director of infotainment and connectivity for the Macan line, tells me that more than 85% of Porsche owners are Apple users. Smartphone integration goes beyond simply covering the touchscreen with a new interface: when using Google Maps or Apple Maps, the driver can send a third-party map to the Macan’s instrument cluster.
When it goes on sale in a few months, the Macan EV will stand out as the first Porsche model to be offered with an augmented reality head-up display. The system uses interactive color-coded icons, such as arrows, to provide navigation directions and other information. Porsche notes that its new head-up display projects data approximately 33 feet away from the driver on a giant 87-inch display.
As mentioned earlier, the Macan EV will be based on the modular Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture jointly developed by Audi and Porsche. It will be shipped with a dual-motor all-wheel drive system that is designed to provide rear-biased handling, and engineers have dialed in a weight distribution of 48 percent front and 52 percent rear. It doesn’t have to look like a 911, but it probably doesn’t look like a front-heavy SUV either.
Porsche has not yet released technical specifications. All we know at this point is that the top model offered at launch will put around 603 horsepower and more than 737 pound-feet of torque under the driver’s right foot. While those numbers would make it significantly more powerful than any version of the current-generation Macan, which tops out at 434 horsepower in GTS trim, keep in mind that going electric adds a huge amount of weight. Driving range remains high in the air too, although the 800-volt electrical architecture opens up charging of up to 270 kilowatts.
From the passenger seat of the pre-production prototype, the Macan EV looks like a sports car. We’re on the test track next to the Porsche factory in Leipzig, Germany, and one of the brand’s development engines is driving the car. He grounded it out of the pit lane and the acceleration punched me in the gut as he pinned me to the seat. It also doesn’t stop: there are no gears for the driver to shift through, so the Macan accelerates without pausing to change gears until the driver hits the brakes. Once we’re on the track, which includes popular sections of other race tracks like Laguna Seca’s Corkscrew, the only indicators that you’re sitting in an SUV are the relatively roomy interior and high seating position. Otherwise, you might as well be in a low-slung coupe. It turns (and even drifts on all four wheels!) with almost surgical precision.
Helpfully, the 100 kWh lithium-ion battery, the heaviest part of the car, is located under the passenger compartment, where it lowers the center of gravity. Using the PPE platform has also allowed Porsche to add more technology to the list of standard and optional features. Rear-wheel steering is available (a first for a Macan) and, on some models, a height-adjustable air suspension. Jörg Kerner, vice president of the Macan line, told me that the development team’s goal is to make the electric car the sportiest model in its class. He adds that the performance (including what feels like a three-second sprint from zero to 60 mph) will be repeatable.
The brakes bring the Macan to a stop without any fuss, even at triple-digit speeds on a straight section of track, but without spending time behind the wheel, I can’t tell if the pedal feels artificial as it does in many electric and plug-in cars. – In hybrid or natural models, as you would expect to find in a Porsche. Kerner explains that electric motors can recover at up to 240 kilowatts, which is about 14.1 feet per second.
Built in Leipzig, Germany, the Macan EV will debut sometime in 2024. It will likely go on sale as a 2025 model. You’re out of luck yet if you’re not interested in going electric: The current generation Macan will be on sale Along with her successor for some time.