The Porsche Macan EV isn't expected to debut until 2022.
The Taycan is Porsche's first fully electric model and the only EV in its current model lineup. But with a starting price of $103,800, it's out of reach for the mass market. We've known for a while, however, that Porsche is working on a more affordable EV based on the best-selling Macan. Prototype testing for the all-electric Macan has now begun, and our spy photographers managed to capture it out in the wild for the first time. A Macan EV test mule was spotted back in April, but this is now the real deal.
Unfortunately, rain and fog mean the photos aren't as clear as they could be, but some of the design details are still visible. While they look larger thanks to the camouflage, we can see the headlights have a similar slim shape as the Taycan's.
Compared to the regular Macan, the fully electric version appears to adopt a coupe-style body style with a lower roofline that makes it look like the Cayenne Coupe from some angles. There's also a retractable rear spoiler that is not fitted to the regular Macan. Being a fully electric model, the exhaust pipes at the back are just for show.
Powertrain details are still unknown, but Porsche has confirmed the Macan EV will offer levels of performance on par with the Turbo and Turbo S. For reference, the range-topping Porsche Macan Turbo produces 434 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque from a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6.
The driving range is also still a mystery, but it should have a higher EPA range than the Taycan 4S, which is rated at 203 miles. Underpinning Porsche's first electric Macan will be based on the new Premium Platform Electric architecture being co-developed by Audi.
Since Porsche knows not everyone is ready to embrace fully electric cars, a combustion-powered version of the next-generation Macan will be sold alongside the electric variant. Production of the electric Macan is expected to start at the end of 2022, so there could be an official reveal in 2021.