Our photographers spy on the electric Porsche Macan to reveal the dual-screen layout and touch controls
The next generation of the Porsche Macan will be electric and it has now been spotted again in cold tests. This time, our car paparazzi got a glimpse of the largely exposed interior of a prototype, which reveals an updated dashboard. It looks like the zero-local-emission SUV will take the Taycan as a blueprint, using a similar dual-screen set-up for the driver display and infotainment.
While the electric sports sedan has an additional touchscreen located further down, this is not the case with the electric Macan. Instead, Porsche installs a touch-sensitive panel with four traditional toggle switches that can be used to access the climate control settings.
Compared to the petrol-powered model, the interior of the electric successor has been cleared out quite a bit. Despite the simplified dashboard, however, it’s nice to see that there are still separate controls for quick access to frequently used functions.
The glossy black panel on the passenger side of the dashboard suggests the Macan EV prototype also had an optional third screen. The gear selector is located between the driver’s display and the touchscreen, while the steering wheel (with the button for the driving modes) appears to have been taken over from the Taycan. We can also see the interior door panels with silver and metallic accents.
A closer look reveals that the instrument cluster shows a charge level of 82 percent and only a range of 234 kilometers, which doesn’t look very promising. But that is not relevant, because after all it is a prototype.
It is also possible that the battery used is not yet a production battery and/or the software for estimating the remaining range is not yet completed. We can also assume that the test vehicle has undergone extreme testing at low temperatures.
The exterior shots show the usual camouflage, which makes the EV version of the Macan look almost the same as the combustion model. Porsche continues to go for fake twin exhaust tips and an equally fake front grille, while the real headlights and taillights are cleverly hidden behind decals that mimic the lights on the current model.
Also, some stickers were put on the C-pillar to hide the real design. The prototype stood on 21-inch wheels with winter tires measuring 255/45 at the front and 285/40 at the rear.
The Porsche Macan EV, a sister model of the Audi Q6 e-tron, will be launched in 2024 on the PSA platform with a 100 kWh battery pack. The twin-engine version with the top equipment will deliver up to 450 kW and more than 1,000 Nm of torque. The Zuffenhausen confirm a weight distribution of 48:52, an 800-volt system, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, four-wheel drive, rear-wheel steering and up to 22-inch wheels. So there’s a lot coming our way. Probably priced too…