Wait... it doesn't look any different.
These latest spy shots may appear to be showing an ordinary Porsche Macan but in fact, this is the all-electric Macan that is slated to arrive in 2022. Rumors that the Macan would shift to become an all-electric model began earlier this year and have already been confirmed by Porsche with production set for the end of 2022. This new model will be based on Porsche's Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which is being co-developed with Audi and will also underpin future models like the e-Tron GT.
Porsche has already begun deploying test mules of the all-electric Macan but since this is the first time we have seen the model out testing, there isn't much to see on the exterior. Aside from some slight difference on the rear bumper and some coverings on the lower door sills, the test mules look exactly like the current Macan.
There are some subtle clues that point to this being an EV, such as the air intakes being covered since there is no engine to keep cool. We still do not have any information about how much power the all-electric Macan will produce but we assume there will be several variants including an S, GTS, Turbo, and possibly more. The driving range also remains a mystery but we assume it will travel further on a charge than Porsche's current EV, the Taycan.
Early rumors suggested the next-generation Macan will only be offered as an EV but new reports now claim that Porsche will continue to offer a gasoline-powered version after the electric model is revealed. While the EV model will ride on the Premium Platform Electric, the gasoline version could borrow the platform from the next-generation Audi Q5, which is due for a replacement very soon. It may be a while before we see the Macan EV prototypes being tested with a new body but it is still exciting to see the car in development.