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Porsche unveils the Macan EV for the first time in North America

  • There are two trims planned for now : Macan 4 and Macan Turbo.

  • We can expect more than two trims in the near future.


 

The 2024 Porsche Macan EV was already unveiled earlier this year, but for the German brand’s first-ever electric crossover, it was the first time that the vehicle was shown on North American soil at the New York Auto Show.

2024 Porsche Macan Turbo Electric | Photo: Germain Goyer

The new Macan Electric 2024 comes to North America in two liveries: the Macan 4 and the Macan Turbo, which contains no form of turbocharging under the hood.

The exterior design is not unlike that of the redesigned Taycan or even the Cayenne, for example. However, it’s clear that the Macan Electric is a new chapter for the Stuttgart-based brand, not least because the vehicle is based on the PPE platform (for Premium Platform Electric), an architecture that will be used extensively within the Volkswagen empire in the months to come.

2024 Porsche Macan Turbo Electric | Photo: Germain Goyer

While the exterior design is quite sober, with a curvaceous silhouette, the technical specifications are more akin to those of a sports car. The Macan 4, equipped with a pair of engines, delivers 402 hp and a maximum torque of 479 ft-lb. The other option is decidedly more dynamic, with 630 hp and an even more electrifying 833 ft-lb (!) of torque. And despite the Macan’s greater weight, acceleration times of 5.2 and 3.3 seconds respectively testify to the vehicle’s potential. Another detail: top speed is 220 km/h in the Macan 4 and 260 km/h in the Macan Turbo.

As an all-electric vehicle, the new Macan also has recharging requirements. In this respect, the maximum recharging capacity is 270 kW, thanks to an 800-volt architecture, as was already the case in the Taycan. In other words, under ideal conditions and with an ultra-fast charging station, it’s possible to go from 10% to 80% of energy in the battery in 21 minutes.

2024 Porsche Macan Turbo Electric | Photo: Germain Goyer

The interior is no exception, with a dashboard as horizontal as possible, and the Macan can also be operated with a trio of screens, the passenger’s being 10.9″ diagonal, the same as the central touchscreen. The information screen behind the steering wheel is larger, with a diagonal of 12.6 inches.

It remains to be seen whether the take-up will be as high as for the petrol version of the same vehicle. It must be said that inflation between the 4-cylinder petrol Macan and the Macan 4 is quite significant.

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