When Porsche launched the Cayenne in 2003 enthusiasts heralded it as the death of the brand, an end of an era. At the time sports car manufacturers didn’t dabble in luxury soccer parent vehicles, and certainly Porsche wouldn’t stoop quite so low. Nearly two decades later, the Cayenne remains Porsche’s most successful model, and the Macan has proven its kid brother foil. So it’s not so odd to see a Porsche SUV on the road these days, and certainly sales prove that it was the right move for the Porsche brand to branch out and deliver a daily-driver for the crested masses. Or at least the masses with at least $72,200 to spend on a daily driver.
These days Porsche is all about electric propulsion and again the purists are screaming about the loss of the dynamism of a proper P-car gasoline-powered soundtrack. Oh woe, wherever will we have fun if not in a flat-six combustion engine powered machine? In addition to the incredible Taycan EV, Porsche is on track to launch at least three more electric vehicles in the next three years, including an EV 718 model and next-gen Macan. But today we’re here to talk about Porsche’s next SUV. It’ll be even bigger than the Cayenne, and surely even quicker from 0-60 than you ever imagined a three-row SUV to be. Based on the Volkswagen Group’s Scalable System Platform (SSP) the new three-row SUV will hit the ground running before 2025, and is part of Porsche’s plan to be 80% electric by 2030.
“We plan to add a new luxury, all-electric SUV model to our portfolio, which will roll off the production line in Leipzig. This will further expand our position in the luxury segment. We are targeting the higher margin segments in particular and aim to tap into new sales opportunities this way,” said brand CEO Oliver Blume.
According to Automotive News, the vehicle was described by American dealership staff who had seen a rendering of the vehicle as “larger, wider, and longer than the Cayenne.” They continued that the vehicle featured a “flat rear design, not anything like the Macan and Cayenne.” It seems that if the 718 and Macan go electric, the Cayenne and Panamera won’t be far behind. Who knows when the 911 will finally deliver its last flat-six wail. Either way, we’re sure it’ll be a blast.