Days after offering up a sneak peek at its second all-electric model — and its first battery-powered SUV — Porsche officially unveiled the new Macan 4 EV. And it boasts some impressive numbers, offering up to 630 horsepower and delivering as much as 381 miles of range. More from Headlight.News.
Porsche has a history of defying expectations with models like the Cayenne SUV and the four-door Panamera. But it delivered a real shock with the launch of the Taycan, its first all-electric model. Now, as it accelerates its shift to battery power, the German automaker is rolling out its second EV, the 2024 Porsche Macan.
Offered in two packages, the Macan 4 and Macan Turbo, the goal “is to offer the sportiest model in its segment,” said Jörg Kerner, vice president, Product Line Macan. “In many ways, we are taking a very successful SUV to a new level.”
And the numbers suggest the compact electric crossover will stand up well against the competition — as well as the upcoming makeover of the gas-powered Macan.
By the numbers
Both versions of the Macan EV are based on Porsche’s newly developed Premium Platform Architecture, or PPE. It is designed to make better use of its skateboard-like layout than the platform underpinning the earlier Porsche Taycan.
The “base” Macan 4’s twin motors deliver a maximum 402 hp in overboost mode, with torque rated at 479 pound-feet. That’s enough to propel it from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The Macan Turbo ups the numbers to 630 hp and 833 lb-ft, and cuts launch times down to 3.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited at 136 mph for the Macan 4, 161 mph for the Turbo.
As with any EV — or gas model, for that matter — you’ll burn up a lot of energy with your right foot glued to the floorboards. But under less aggressive driving conditions, Macan 4 will deliver a combined range of up to 381 miles per charge, according to Porsche, and 487 miles in stop-and-go city driving. The numbers are 367 and 475 miles, respectively, for the Macan Turbo. These figures are based on the global WLTP standard, however, and are likely to drop by as much as 20% when calibrated using the U.S. EPA test cycle. Even then, the Macan 4’s combined rating should come in somewhere in the high 300-mile range.
Incidentally, should you be thinking of towing, the new Porsche EV can pull up to 4,409 pounds.
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Both versions of the 2024 Porsche Macan EV rely on an 800-volt electrical architecture — a first for the automaker. It offers benefits for both performance, charging and the brake regeneration that helps the electric SUV recapture energy normally lost during braking and coasting.
The system can draw up to 270 kilowatts from the latest generation of public quick chargers. And by effectively splitting its 100 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion pack into two banks of batteries, it can go from a 10% to 80% state-of-charge in as little as 21 minutes.
The Macan EVs can draw as much as 11 kilowatts of power from the typical home or office charger. The automaker didn’t provide numbers but that would suggest it can recharge a drain battery in around eight to nine hours.
Enhanced performance and handling
As you’d expect from Porsche, Macan 4 and Macan Turbo are meant to deliver more than just neck-snapping straight-line acceleration.
Both models will come standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management electronic damping. The system uses twin valves that can vary the suspension’s response to both driver input and road conditions. It also provides the ability for the driver to select different driving modes yielding “a wider spectrum between comfort and performance,” Porsche said.
Among the options, the 2024 Macan EV will offer rear-axle steering for the first time. The speed-sensitive system allows for more aggressive high-speed turns while also trimming the SUV’s low-speed turn circle to as little as 36.4 feet.
The all-electric Macan doesn’t stray particularly far from the outgoing gas model’s styling, though it’s readily apparent Porsche’s design team spend plenty of time working in the wind tunnel. Despite the high roofline, the crossover emerged with an impressively low 0.25 drag coefficient.
Credit things like the air curtains reducing turbulence around the front wheels, as well as the smooth nose and sweptback windshield and roofline. Porsche also turned to active aero technologies that including movable cooling flaps on the front air intakes, as well as flexible underbody covers.
The 2024 Porsche Macan 4 and Turbo models come in at a total 188.4 inches in length, about 2 inches longer than the 2023 gas crossover. The wheelbase, meanwhile, has been stretch 3.4 inches, to 113.9, though shorter overhangs make that less obvious. Height is 63.8 inches, with a width of 84.7 inches including the mirrors.
By using the new PPE platform, Macan gains a flat load floor — as well as a lowered center of gravity by moving batteries and motors underneath. There’s more room for passengers, as well as 18 cubic feet of space in the rear cargo compartment. And, despite the low-slung nose, there’s another 2.9 cf in the front trunk, or frunk. Combined, that’s 4.4 cf more than the old gas model.
The new Macan, incidentally, is available with up to 22-inch wheels.
Macan gets a wide range of performance and safety technologies, including the selectable driver mode controls.
In the cabin, a driver will be greeted by a 12.6-inch, curved floating instrument cluster and 10.9-inch infotainment display. There’s also an optional 10.9-inch display for the front passenger.
Also available: the Porsche Driver Experience which adds a head-up display using augmented reality technology. Among other things, it projects arrows onto the road at a seeming distance of 32.8 feet to help a motorist follow directions when using the navigation system.
The new infotainment system is based on the Android Automotive Operating System and has an Alexa-like voice assistant that can be activated simply by saying, “Hey, Porsche.” The system also has Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Pricing and availability
The base 2024 Porsche Macan 4 will start at $80,450, the Macan Turbo at $106,950. Both of those numbers factor in $1,650 in delivery fees.
By comparison, the automaker’s first all-electric model, the Porsche Taycan, now starts at $92,550 and runs as high as $196,550.
Porsche said the 2024 Macn is “Available to order now, with delivery in the second half of the year.” EPA range numbers will be released before the first customer deliveries.