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Porsche Macan Will Most Likely be Gas-Powered For Only 3 More Years

When the new arises, the old tends to slowly fade away. The Porsche Macan could soon be getting the full next-gen treatment from Porsche’s EV department.
Posted: February 13, 2020 - 9:20PM
Author: Max Larsen


A recent report has multiple, unknown high-ranking executives at Porsche, saying that the Macan’s current drivetrain options (notably the full-gas engines) will share the platform with the electric motor models for at least a few more years before transferring over to completely electric. And yes, if you haven’t heard, there is a fully electric version of the Macan scheduled to arrive next year which will yet again put pressure on other EV-developing manufacturers.

We already knew that an electric version of the Macan was coming and we can assume that all Porsche’s models will have an all-electric version in just a few years. (I'm sure that the electric 911 will spin some heads and start some wars, but thankfully we aren’t there quite yet).

Porsche intends to give the gas powered Macans some aesthetic surgery along with the new EV version, but don’t expect them to look similar, even though the 2019 Macan looks awfully Taycan-like already.

Why Is The Porsche Macan Important?

The significance of this story seems weak until we dig deeper and truly understand the motives behind Porsche’s decisions. Most people think of the 911 or maybe the Cayman when you say “Porsche”, but in reality they should be gleefully shouting “Crossovers!”, because the Macan is Porsche’s best selling vehicle by a French country mile. Biting the SUV bullet is difficult as an enthusiast but you can’t argue with the sales figures.

Since 2017 the Porsche Macan has outsold every other model by nearly 2 times, accounting for a huge percentage of total sales. Every year, Porsche sets new personal best sales records and the Macan just keeps selling more and more units. This massive popularity comes with a massive risk though. If Porsche bets all their chips on a fully electric EV and abandons the gas motor, they could lose a fortune if the project tanks. For this reason, they are taking it slow, easing the rookie into the lineup as the veteran plays his last seasons. Smart move.

The Impact of Porsche Tayan on Macan EV

If the Porsche Taycan pulls its weight in sales and puts in a good word with the public about the Taycan Turismo Sport edition that is coming soon, Porsche will have better success in transforming the Macan into a sales machine EV.

As the tidal wave of electrified vehicles pours into our news feeds, it is easy to get lost in all the manufacturers that are taking that next step. And among those many new cars and SUVs, the once special nature of an all electric E-Tron, or I-PACE, or Mach-E has gone away and turned into a contest for who can release an electric crossover or SUV with a futuristic-sounding name the quickest. But trends will be trends and they will stay hot until no money can be made anymore. And with electric vehicles we have just scratched the surface, even after 15 years of EV prominence. Hence, Porsche will progress with the times and electrify the Macan very soon.

Max Larsen is the Porsche reporter at Torque News. Since he was 15 years old Max was building old cars and selling them for profit, spawning his love for cars. He has been around Porsches his entire life. His grandpa had several 911s and he owned a Porsche 944 when he was younger, which made the auto-shop class cars a lot simpler. Reading old car magazines and seeing press cars at shows gave he the passion to write and pursue the industry. He is currently studying for Journalism at Western Washington University and writing for the racing team there locally. Follow Max on Torque News Porsche and on Twitter at @maxlarsencars. Search Torque News Porsche for daily Porsche news coverage by our expert automotive reporters.


GaryB (not verified)    February 14, 2020 - 6:51AM

Yep, as they say, it’s the beginning of the end for cars as we know it and the Porsche Macan in this case. Sure, it’s going to take a while, but slowly and surely the market will eventually be flooded/cluttered with soulless, soundless, driverless cocoons whose only mission is to get you from point A to point B. Sometimes “progress” isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Andrew (not verified)    February 14, 2020 - 6:52AM

I am selling my diesel Macan S 2016 this spring for a 992 911 4S. If I was smart I would get a Taycan or Cayenne Hybrid.

Mike (not verified)    February 14, 2020 - 6:52AM

This means I’ll hang onto my gas one because there’s not a chance the condo board will allow chargers in the underground (at this time).

Digitaldoc (not verified)    February 14, 2020 - 11:31AM

Guess we have 3 years left to buy a Macan if we want one. I have no plans to buy an EV, or a car I need to plug in, and will seek out gas engines as long as possible.

DeanMcManis (not verified)    February 14, 2020 - 2:48PM

In the same way that VW is slow getting into EVs, I think that their promise to fully replace gas models with EVs will take longer than 3 years, if ever. I frankly do not see VW eliminating gas models when today's /The Macan is a great candidate to be an EV, but it will face serious competition from Tesla with their Model Y Performance, which will likely be quicker, more efficient, and less expensive than the Macan EV. But starting with the Cayanne, SUVs helped rescue Porsche, which I am OK with because Porsche survived to build the Carrera GT, 918 Spyder, and many other amazing high performance sports cars. The Taycan shows that Porsche can build a high performance EV that is worthy of the Porsche name. The only trick with the Porsche Macan EV will be building and pricing it low enough to be competitive against Tesla and Ford's upcoming Mach-E. Currently, all of the available European EV SUV/CUVs are $60K-$75K+