As those of you with an interest in electric crossovers probably recall, the Porsche Macan EV was supposed to start sales in 2023. However, due to delays encountered by the Volkswagen Group’s Cariad software arm, the market release of the battery-powered Macan has been pushed back to 2024. Meanwhile, fresh spy photos allow us to take a closer peek at the interior of the all-electric Macan.
Given Porsche’s evolutionary styling philosophy, the Germans have always been able to hide the details of their upcoming models in plain sight. So while electric Macan prototypes have been spied on countless occasions, the industry-typical dashboard covers kept most interior details away from prying eyes until now.
However, the pair of fresh spy pics in the gallery below (lens tip to kindelauto on Instagram) shows a test car with most of the covers off and the driver’s door left conveniently open. Porsche had previously released a series of tech details about the Macan EV (we’ll get back to this) to help ease the wait and we expect this episode to come similarly.
The 2019 model year has already seen the Macan gaining a larger 10.9-inch central infotainment display, with the myriad of buttons sitting below this being regrouped on a touch panel. Nevertheless, it seems that, for the Macan EV, Porsche is replacing that touch panel with a touchscreen display, a la Taycan.
The Taycan, which is the company’s first production EV, will also lend its digital instrument panel to the battery-powered Macan—this is clearly visible in the new spyshots. Oh, and those covers on the middle section of the dash come with a protuberance since that’s where Porsche’s traditional Sport Chrono clock is found.
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The official tech details of the 2024 Porsche Macan EV
Porsche had previously announced that the electric Macan will ride on a new PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture developed together with Audi (here’s more on how the 2024 Audi A6 e-tron sedan and wagon will use the tech).
There will be a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with 12 prismatic cells, but no other battery sizes. As with the Taycan, the Macan EV will use an 800V architecture, but the battery pack has been split into two halves, so it can better adapt to the more numerous 400V chargers.
As far as changing times are concerned, we know that the battery can go from 5 to 80% in 25 minutes, providing you have a charger that can deliver the maximum charging speed of 270+ kW. The range of the 2024 Macan EV hasn’t been officially mentioned, but you can expect the most efficient driving modes to deliver up to 400 miles.
The range-topping version will be a dual-motor one (AWD) with 603 hp and over 738 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) on tap. However, the PPE platform can also be built in RWD configuration, with a single electric motor sitting at the back.
One of the current Macan’s top selling points is its handling—this crossover doesn’t just look like a big hatchback, it also changes direction like one.
To that end, Porsche will fit the electric Macan with an electronically-controlled locking rear differential. The steering angle for the front axle will be increased by 15%, while there will be rear-wheel steering at up to 5 degrees, which will work up to 50 mph (80 km/h).
Oh, and while we’ve all seen the limitations of the current battery technology dramatically affecting electric pickup trucks’ towing abilities, it appears Porsche is doing its homework on this—just check out the CarSpyMedia video below, which shows a prototype captured back in the summer, and you’ll notice the Macan EV towing a Cayenne.
Macan EV and ICE model to be sold together
The current, combustion-powered Porsche Macan entered production in 2014, based on a platform that its since-replaced Gen 1 Audi Q5 sibling had introduced back in 2008.
However, as indicated by Porsche’s 2021 sales figures, the Macan slightly topped its Cayenne big brother, becoming the automaker’s best-seller. And, based on the partial 2022 sales numbers we have so far, the race between the two is uber-tight. As such, Porsche intends for the upcoming Macan EV to share showrooms with the ICE version.