Porsche's new all-electric Macan may not be called 'Macan'
And it won't look the same as the petrol-powered Macan
Right after unveiling the Taycan, Porsche said they would proceed the electrify their existing models as well, starting with the Macan. I thought they would simply replace the current generation with an all-new, all-electric model but as it turns out, Porsche will actually unveil the next-gen Macan in late 2021/early 2022 and then an Macan EV in 2023. They won't look the same, and there's the chance they'll have different names as well.
The Taycan has been performing exceptionally well in terms of sales but Porsche know that customers still want ICEs and they know they have to tread carefully with the Macan because it is one of their best-sellers. The electric Macan will utilise VW Group's Premium Platform Electric (PPE) as well as the Taycan's 800-volt architecture, with two different battery sizes available, and there will be significant visual differences between the ICE and the EV.
Michael Steiner, Porsche's executive board member for development, referenced the Taycan and the Panamera to try and explain the brand's vision for the new Macan EV and the new Macan ICE: same basic shapes, dimensions and market, slightly different looks and different powertrains.