It seems as though the current-generation Macan only just arrived. Though the new model has been in production for just a few months, Porsche is already looking to the future with an eye towards sustainability. Following updates to the Leipzig plant, Macan will follow both the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo into the electric vehicle marketplace. The move to electric power allows Porsche to keep their best-selling crossover at the forefront of both performance and efficiency. Per Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG;
“Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly; not just because they share a high-efficiency approach, but especially because of their sporty character. By 2022 we will be investing more than six billion euros in electric mobility, and by 2025 50% of all new Porsche vehicles could have an electric drive system. Nevertheless, over the next ten years we will focus on a drive mix consisting of even further optimized petrol engines, plug-in hybrid models, and purely electrically operated sports cars. Our aim is to take a pioneering role in technology, and for this reason we will continue to consistently align the company with the mobility of the future.”
Updating the Leipzig Plant
The Leipzig site, which opened in 2002 with the introduction of the Cayenne, has grown over the last 17 years to become an industry leader in advanced technology and sustainability. Introduction of Macan in 2011 signaled the expansion of the Leipzig plant to a full plant with on site body and paint shops. Currently Panamera, Cayenne, and Macan are produced at Leipzig. Transitioning to an electric Macan at the Leipzig site eases the transition to production of other electric models in the future.
Like Taycan, the electric Macan is based on Porsche’s PPE architecture (Premium Platform, Electric) developed jointly with Audi AG. Also like Taycan, Macan will feature an 800-volt electric architecture, increasing flexibility and manufacturing efficiency. No pricing or additional specifications on the upcoming electric Macan have yet been announced.