It's set to be unlike anything ever seen from Porsche before.
Porsche is planning a new seven-seat luxury EV SUV that will slot above the Macan and Cayenne that's set to debut in 2027. The upcoming vehicle, codenamed "K1," will offer a design much different from anything we've ever seen from the company before with styling that is sure to take Porsche in a new direction.
The British website Autocar recently received the inside scoop on the vehicle. The car will arrive with a design that is "part saloon, part crossover," potentially reminiscent of the Cayenne Coupe or the Panamera. The car will offer the most advanced synchronous electric motor, high-performance battery, and rapid charging technology currently available to the automaker, and it will not come cheap. The SUV will reportedly push the $200,000 mark when it debuts.
This isn't the first time we've heard about this project, as it's been known since as early as 2021. The K1 has been in the works for the past three years and will aim to be the company's top dog when it hits the market. The EV will be the last of four new Porsches EVs to hit the market in the next few years after the long-awaited electric Macan next year, an electric Porsche 718 sports car in 2025, and then hopefully the electric Cayenne in 2026.
The omission of a seven-seat Porsche SUV has been something of a head-scratcher in recent years. It'd be one thing if Porsche was relatively new to the SUV game like Aston Martin or Lamborghini, but the Cayenne debuted over 20 years ago. The company has repeatedly shown it knows how to make an SUV practically as good as its sports cars, so we have little concern it couldn't do the same with something slightly larger.
We also have no doubt Porsche can't make it look fantastic. Unfortunately, there haven't been any spy pictures or sketches seen by the public of the K1 project, but when a group of Porsche dealers was shown some images last year, they had some very interesting things to say about it. "It's very un-Porsche-like," said someone who viewed the image. "It has a flat rear design; it's not anything like the Macan and Cayenne."
The electric Macan is set to sit on Porsche's Premium Platform Electric (PPE) platform. The K1 will share the same production line as that SUV, so it's safe to assume it will use PPE too, although the platform will be upgraded by 2027. It will also use lightning-quick 920V electric charging architecture and utilize a cell-to-chassis layout for the battery that will potentially have over 100kWh of capacity and a WLTP range of 435 miles in its most economical guise.
Four-wheel steering will also be featured with up to 5 degrees of turning angle for the rear wheels which is sure to give the large SUV much better maneuverability in tight spaces and urban environments while also offering better stability at high speeds.
We don't know just how much power the vehicle will have, but if the Taycan is anything to go off of, there are surely going to be versions that will make you sweat. This is good because if there's one place Porsche knows it can't screw up is in performance. If the company wants the K1 to be a best-seller like the Cayenne and Macan, the vehicle will need to be something very special.
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