When do we say we have enough screens in a car? For Porsche, the answer is clearly "not yet."
The week has started on an exciting note for Porsche fans as the most revealing spy photos yet have surfaced of the upcoming Macan EV, not only giving us a surprisingly good look at the new interior but also some clues about the crossover's range.
We won't spend too much time talking about the exterior, as there isn't too much that's new to report here over what we've seen before - the Macan has sporty proportions with a sloping roofline at the back and a new treatment for the split headlights. Still covered in camo, Porsche has used silver tape to create a misleading impression of the contours of the glasshouse at the back, and the tailpipes are obviously fake as well.
It's inside where we can really see how different the electric Macan will be from its gas-powered predecessor, though.
Porsche recently shared official images of the interior in the latest Cayenne, and the Macan EV introduces many of the same features. The instrument cluster has gone completely digital, and without a need for a traditional tachometer, there is a large central round dial showing speed.
Looking more closely at these dials, we can see that the Macan EV spied here has a battery state of charge of 82% and a remaining range indicated at 234 km (around 145 miles). That sounds disappointing, although this is a prototype so no specs associated with this Macan can be assumed to carry over to the production model. Between extreme testing routes and the possibility that it's using a different battery from the final one, we are still hopeful that an EPA-rated range of much closer to 300 miles is realistic.
With 800-volt architecture, the Macan EV will boast fast charging speeds, with the battery able to get from 5% to 80% in roughly 25 minutes.
Elsewhere in the interior, we can see a central touchscreen interface and what looks like provision for a third screen ahead of the front-seat passenger, just as in the new Cayenne. Higher up and to the right of the instrument cluster is a gear selector, and the steering wheel shares a similar design to the one in the Taycan. A round dial on the steering wheel can be used to switch between different drive modes.
Without a traditional gear lever in the center console (it's now moved to the right of the steering wheel as in the Cayenne), this has freed up space for a touch-sensitive panel where controls for things like the heated seats and climate settings lie.
There is also a row of silver, physical toggle switches, so Porsche hasn't entirely switched over to touchscreens which is nice to see. In the center of the dashboard is a sporty dial that likely forms part of an available Sport Chrono package. Overall, the dashboard design doesn't look as busy as before, but we'll pay close attention to its ease of use when we get the chance to sample this EV.
The Macan EV will produce up to 603 horsepower, so it will be very quick indeed. A fully variable electronically controlled rear differential will feature on top trims, together with a performance rear axle with a motor positioned aft of the rear axle. As expected, the all-wheel-drive system will have a rear bias to deliver sportier handling.
The Porsche Macan EV is expected to be revealed later this year.
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