Petrol-powered Porsche Macan to be discontinued after 2024
They gave us hope a few months ago
The Macan is a best-seller, there’s no doubt about that considering Porsche sold 43,618 units in the first six months of 2021, right behind the Cayenne with 44,050 units. Porsche has put a lot of eggs in this particular basket but what they’re going to do next is still unclear. Let me explain.
A few years ago, Porsche announced the Taycan - the brand’s first electric car - and about 3 seconds later they said they would convert most existing models in the line-up into EVs, starting with the Macan. Fast-forward a couple of years and Porsche said that yes, there will be an electric Macan, but they’ll also unveil a brand new petrol-powered model. They even said they may split the Macan range into two separate models.
And it won't look the same as the petrol-powered Macan
Here are we are a few months after that, and even though Porsche has indeed unveiled an upgraded Macan, the company reiterated that the petrol Macan is living on borrowed time, there won’t be a new model, and it’ll likely be axed after 2024.
In an interview with Autocar magazine, Porsche engineer Sebastian Staiger said the model will likely be dropped in just three years' time. "Today, no final decision has been taken, but we assume that 2024 will be the year,” said Staiger. He added that "emission laws are a limiting factor."
Porsche is trying to keep the ICE alive with synthetic fuel but EU emission rules are becoming increasingly stringent, which is why the company has probably come to terms with the fact that most cars will have to be electric.
The latest Macan, launched just a couple of months ago, no longer uses the ‘Turbo’ nomenclature, which means the GTS is now the top dog. The 2022 GTS, by the way, is powered by the twin-turbo 434-hp 2.9-litre V6 as the old Turbo.
I don’t really care whether cars like the Macan or the Cayenne go down the electric route - they’re ‘just’ luxury SUVs after all - but I do care about the 718 and 911. Will Porsche save those?