Porsche has been caught testing multiple Macan EV prototypes with the Taycan Turbo S.
Since it launched in the US back in 2014, the Macan has been a major success for Porsche, becoming the brand's most popular model by a significant margin. Porsche is hoping to replicate that success in the EV industry when the second-generation Macan goes electric for the first time, although the combustion-powered Macan will stick around until 2024 since Porsche knows not everyone is ready to transition to EVs. As work continues on the Macan EV, our spies have caught Porsche testing three prototypes alongside a Taycan Turbo S, revealing new details.
For the first time, two of the prototypes are fitted with a retractable rear spoiler to improve stability and generate more downforce.
On the outside, the Macan EV adopts a lower coupe-style roofline resembling the Cayenne Coupe, but the camouflage hasn't dropped since our last sighting. Porsche has taped up the Taycan-esque headlights to make them look bigger and added a fake front grille and exhaust pipes to disguise the EV.
The Macan EV will ride on a new Premium Platform Electric platform co-developed with Audi. Like the Taycan, the Macan EV will be offered in high-performance Turbo and Turbo S guises to keep the branding consistent, despite the lack of a turbocharger.
Porsche has said the Macan EV will offer a significantly longer range than the Taycan, which has up to 227 miles of range in its entry-level 4S guise. As we've seen in previous spy shots, the cabin adopts a tablet-style display for the gauge cluster and a large central screen for the infotainment system, but the design could change when the final production model arrives. Since it's fully electric, the Macan's gear shifter has also been removed.
Production of the electric Macan is expected to start at the end of 2022 and go on sale as a 2023 model, but it could be revealed online before then. We'll have to wait and see how the Macan EV develops over the coming months when more prototypes get caught being tested in the wild.