Porsche’s conversion to electric power continues with the 2025 Macan. The German sports car maker released some sketches of the soon-to-arrive small battery-powered SUV to give everyone a good look at what will be hitting dealerships for the next model year.
The German brand is looking to follow up on the success of the Taycan by converting its popular small ute to an all-electric model for 2025. There have been prototypes seen racing around various places, but the sketches show what the final iteration will look like.
“Every new sports car has to be very clearly recognizable as part of the Porsche product family and the model in question, but it also has to be perceived as ‘the new one,'” said Michael Mauer, vice president of the company’s design department.
Mauer was quick to add the Macan presents a unique challenge as the team is looking to bring innovation to the fore, but advancements in technology and design cannot come at the cost of the company’s heritage.
A familiar newness
Unlike many new EVs, Porsche looked to redesign an existing vehicle for the next step in its electrification. Even that presented a slew of challenges for Mauer and his team. The group needed to be mindful of an entirely new set of technical requirements, shapes, a different powertrain, batteries and more.
“The packaging is critical for getting the basic proportions right — the classic Porsche flyline would not be feasible with just any arrangement,” he said, adding later that “Removing the bulky engine block allows us to enhance the distinctive shape of the bonnet.
“At the same time, the battery is still a rather large component that requires a lot of space and could disturb the defining width-to-height ratio. And of course aerodynamics plays a big role in terms of the range of an electric sports car.”
While the new model is indeed, well, new and different, it’s still very clearly the Macan.
The success of the close collaboration between designers and aerodynamics engineers is clear from a single number: with a drag coefficient of 0.25, the all-electric Macan is one of the most streamlined SUVs on the market.
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Still a Porsche
While familiarity may breed contempt, within the Porsche world it breeds acceptance and success.
“Porsche remains Porsche — even an electric Porsche is a sports car in its segment. From this standpoint, it’s only logical that we’re not abandoning our proven Porsche design DNA.” Mauer’s convinced the team’s gotten it right and the new Macan certainly bears a striking resemblance to the previous model.
“The new Macan is also very clearly a Porsche and a Macan at first glance. We have fundamentally kept the proportions that define what a sports car in this segment embodies for Porsche. The design has been refined both inside and out — the new model has an even sportier and more dynamic vibe.”