How does it differ from the ICE model?
It's not easy keeping secrets these days. Despite their best efforts, automakers will see key details regarding future products leaked before intended. And, sometimes, spy shots provide a few important clues about a future production model. Over the past couple of months, more information has been made available regarding the upcoming Porsche Macan EV.
Due to arrive for the 2023 model year, this pure battery-electric luxury performance SUV won't ride on the same platform as the ICE-powered Macan. The former will utilize the VW Group's Premium Platform Electric (PPE) and, as we learned in May, may not even be called Macan. For now, we'll simply refer to it as the Macan EV but don't be surprised if it changes. Also last month, Porsche released its own Macan EV spy shots as part of a general update regarding new models.
But when our spy photographers caught another prototype out in public, the test engineers weren't exactly thrilled. One guy lowered the tarp from the roof after he realized the vehicle was being photographed. It was too little, too late because we already managed to snap a few interior images as well.
Based on what we can tell, there's a chance this is not the final interior design because there's a mix of new and old parts. What's notably different here is the driver's gauge cluster. Instead of the current and more traditional rounded design, there's a tablet-like display. The center console seems to have far fewer buttons as well and, because it's an EV, there's no gear shifter. The grab handles on either side have also been eliminated but, again, this may not be the final design.
On the outside, take note of the headlights that are similar in shape to the Taycan's. The camouflage tries to make them look bigger. The side profile shows a more coupe-like design similar to that of the larger Cayenne Coupe. At the rear, there's a retractable spoiler. And yes, those exhaust pipes are clearly fake. Also as in the case of the Taycan, there'll be both Turbo and Turbo S models though range is expected to be slightly better than Porsche's first EV.
The official debut is still over a year away but there'll be plenty of more spy shots and details to come before then.