On Thursday, Porsche unveiled its latest electric Macan, marking a significant addition to its lineup. The compact crossover, powered by a battery, is now open for orders from U.S. customers and is scheduled to commence deliveries in the latter part of the year, presenting itself as a 2024 model.
Presently, the electric Macan is accessible in two distinct grades: Macan 4 and Macan Turbo. The pricing for these models starts at $80,450 and $106,950, respectively, encompassing a $1,650 destination charge in both cases.
Built upon Volkswagen Group’s latest PPE modular EV platform, a collaborative effort between Porsche and Audi, the vehicle heralds a new era in electric mobility. The inaugural model from Audi, set to make its debut in the near future, will be the Q6 E-Tron compact crossover.
In the case of the Macan, this cutting-edge platform incorporates a 100-kWh battery (with 95 kWh of usable capacity) and integrates an electric motor propelling each axle. The distribution of torque, adaptable according to the chosen driving mode, is expertly managed by the innovative ePTM system, an electronically controlled Porsche Traction Management.
Porsche asserts that its system surpasses the speed of torque distribution in traditional all-wheel-drive setups by five times and exhibits a rapid 10-millisecond reaction time. Higher-grade models, such as the Macan Turbo, incorporate an electronically controlled rear differential lock.
Enhancing handling capabilities, the entire lineup features standard air suspension with adaptive dampers. These dampers, adopting the dual-valve design introduced in Porsche’s revamped 2024 Panamera, offer adjustable rebound and compression. This design enables a broader range between comfort and performance. Additionally, rear-wheel steering is an optional feature.
The Macan 4 boasts a peak power of 402 hp, while the Macan Turbo reaches an impressive 630 hp at its peak, achieved through the activation of an overboost feature.
Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph for Macan 4 owners clocks in at a swift 4.9 seconds, with a top speed of 136 mph. On the other hand, Macan Turbo owners can enjoy even more exhilarating performance, with acceleration in just 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 161 mph. Although EPA-rated range estimates will be disclosed closer to the delivery commencement, both models are anticipated to exceed 250 miles.
Porsche dedicated efforts to enhance the range by addressing aerodynamic challenges, striving to minimize drag to levels akin to sports cars. Achieving a remarkable drag coefficient of 0.25, especially for a taller crossover vehicle, involved incorporating active aerodynamic features such as the rear spoiler, front air intake flaps, and adaptable covers integrated into the sealed underbody.
Lowering the ride height at highway speeds enhances the efficiency of the suspension system. Equipped with an 800-volt electrical system, all electric Macans support rapid charging at rates reaching 270 kW.
Moreover, the Macan demonstrates adaptability through bank charging when only 400-volt stations are accessible. This procedure effectively divides the 800-volt battery into two 400-volt segments, enabling parallel charging that expedites the overall charging process.
Porsche claims that achieving a 10-80% charge in just 21 minutes is feasible with the electric Macan. Its length measures 188.4 inches, slightly surpassing the gas-powered Macan by a couple of inches.
The increased wheelbase by 3.4 inches contributes to expanded cabin space. The rear storage measures 46.5 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded flat, and an additional 2.9 cubic feet is provided by the front trunk.
Featuring standard screens for the gauge cluster (12.6 inches) and infotainment system (10.9 inches), the dashboard also includes an optional third screen for the front passenger (10.9 inches) for navigation and media controls. A light bar extends from the dash to the doors, indicating charging status or serving as a welcoming feature upon entering the vehicle.
Integrated with electronic driver-assist features, the light bar serves as a visual cue for warnings. Porsche offers a head-up display with augmented reality, particularly beneficial for navigation, providing clear guidance on when and where to make maneuvers.