Porsche’s midsize SUV is going fully electric and will have two grades from launch, starting from $133,700 before on-road costs
Porsche has at last pulled the covers off its highly-anticipated Macan EV, a model that will join the Taycan as the second-ever electric Porsche, and the first-ever electric SUV for the German carmaker.
The Macan has now officially premiered and will arrive in Australia from late 2024 with two variants, the Macan 4 and the Macan Turbo.
Local pricing starts from $133,700 before on-road costs for the entry-level 4, and $180,100 before on-road costs for the flagship Macan Turbo.
That puts the electric Macan in a price range similar to one of its key competitors, the full-electric Polestar 3 SUV that starts from $132,900 before on-road costs.
The Macan EV will be joined at a later stage by the much-anticipated electric 718 Boxster and Cayman replacements, both of which are estimated to be due in production form within the next two years.
The Stuttgart marque has confirmed that the Macan EV will have a 96kWh usable battery pack (100kWh gross), however WLTP range figures have not yet been disclosed. Peak DC charging rate is capped at an impressive 270kW.
The Macan will be available in two all-wheel-drive variants, Macan 4 and Macan Turbo. Porsche states that the 4 will produce up to 300kW/650Nm on overboost, while the flagship Turbo variant will produce a claimed 470kW/1130Nm.
The brand has claimed that the Macan 4 will be capable of sprinting to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds, while the model’s more powerful sibling can hit 100km/h in 3.3 seconds. Top speed for the Turbo is limited to 260km/h.
To put things into perspective, that means the Macan Turbo can accelerate to 100km/h faster than the claimed 3.4 second time of the current all-wheel-drive and turbo-six-powered BMW M3 Touring.
Also new to Macan in 2024 will be the addition of rear-wheel steering, as well as new Porsche Active Aerodynamics system, which the brand says includes active and passive features to create a drag coefficient of just 0.25 – just 0.3 more drag than the current Porsche Taycan Turbo.
Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM) with air suspension will also feature as standard on the Turbo, with steel spring suspension to be standard on the base Macan 4.
Added practicalities mean that the new electric Macan will also be capable of towing up to 2000kg and will feature an 84-litre frunk and a 540-litre boot.
Porsche Australia has confirmed that the Macan EV will have, as standard, the following features:
The Macan Turbo will add:
One notable option will be the ability to include a 10.9-inch touchscreen just for the front passenger. More options are set to be announced as the model gets closer to its late 2024 launch.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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