For a decade, the Porsche Macan has been a runaway sales success. The smaller Porsche crossover offers an exceptional driving experience in an unlikely package, making the Macan an 800,000-example standout in a key segment. After two facelifts of the first car, the second generation Macan is something completely different: An electric vehicle.
While it still looks like you might expect a Porsche SUV to look by now, the new Macan leans further into the sport utility coupe look with an even more rounded shape. Taycan-like daytime running lights atop a separate main headlight module lower on the front bumper accentuate an egg-like look, which will be more controversial than the more conventionally appealing first-generation Macan.
The new look continues in the back, where a huge rear tail light bar sits beneath a rounded rear window. Buyers may be turned off by the shape, but the slick 0.25 drag coefficient contributes to a previously-announced WLTP cycle range of 311 miles. An EPA range is not yet available, but expect the number to be lower than the generous European cycle.
Inside, the Macan looks a lot like the new Panamera and new Cayenne with both a central and passenger display. A 12.6-inch curved central driver's display and 10.9-inch central display are standard, while the 10.6-inch passenger display is an option. An optional head-up display adds some augmented reality for the driver, integrating navigation arrows into the real world with what Porsche says is the equivalent of an 87-inch display. The Android Automotive OS-based system also works with Apple CarPlay.
Porsche still plans to sell gas-powered Macans next to the newer model for the time being, but the new Macan receives no additional badging. This is it, the one and only second-generation Porsche Macan. It becomes the second all-electric Porsche model, joining the Taycan sedan. An electric 718 successor is expected in the near future, too.
As with the Taycan, performance remains a core tenet in the all-electric Macan. The fastest trim level announced today, the dual motor Macan Turbo, produces peak outputs of 630 hp and 833 lb-ft of torque. That gets it to 60 in 3.1 seconds and, if given enough space, 161 MPH in a straight line. The Macan 4, a lesser dual-motor variant also debuting today, packs comparable power to the gas-powered Macan GTS at 402 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. That model gets to 60 in 4.9 seconds and tops out at 136 MPH. Both models are all-wheel drive.
Performance options include previously-announced rear-axle steering, which can shift the rear wheels by five degrees when necessary. Springs with passive dampers are standard, but Porsche Active Suspension Management dampers and air springs are both optional.
The Macan Turbo and Macan 4 are both built on Porsche's new Premium Platform Electric platform, which means both are built on an 800-volt architecture. That means DC charging capabilities of up to 270 kW, enough to charge the car's massive 100 kWh battery from 10% to 80% in just 21 minutes in ideal conditions. At 400-volt charging stations, the battery effectively charges itself as two split 400-volt batteries and can charge at a rate of 135 kW. Regenerative braking charges at 240 kW. Like the Taycan, control of that system is integrated into the brake pedal rather than into a one-pedal driving mode that aggressively regenerates as the driver stops accelerating.
The more basic Macan 4 will have an MSRP of $78,800 when deliveries are expected to begin in the second half of the year. The Turbo starts at $105,300, although neither price includes a $1650 delivery fee.
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