The iconic 911 may well remain a car powered by a heat engine for as long as possible, but Porsche is firing on all cylinders on electric. As part of its traditional press conference at the start of the year, the German manufacturer announced that the all-electric Macan was in the final stretch of its development phase and would be marketed from 2024.
In the longer term, Porsche has also confirmed that the successor to the Cayenne will also be all-electric. Specific details have not yet been released, but the manufacturer has confirmed that its best-selling vehicle in the world will indeed be entitled to its electric mutation. Presumably, the electric Cayenne will be based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) platform, the same as the future electric Macan. We can logically imagine that the electric Cayenne will carry an 800 V architecture, for charging speeds greater than 270 kW.
For the battery, no official figures, but it will probably be over 100 kWh. However, this version should not be presented before the middle of the decade.
Porsche has also announced that the Cayenne will receive in 2023 “one of the most comprehensive updates in its history”. The list of changes will include a new chassis and three plug-in hybrid powertrains designed to offer greater range in electric mode.
Porsche also plans to pull its vehicle portfolio towards luxury with an all-electric SUV positioned above the Cayenne. This new concept, currently codenamed K1, will be based on a platform called SSP Sport and will offer “strong performance, automated driving features and a whole new cabin experience”.
“We are thus underlining and reinforcing our positioning as a luxury and sporty vehicle. We are seeing an increase in profits in this segment, particularly in China and the United States”explains Olivier Blume, Chairman of the Porsche Management Board.