Porsche has been making a killing in terms of sales with its two luxury sports utility vehicles, the compact Macan and the midsize Cayenne. While Porsche is known for its high-performance sports cars, its two SUVs have been outselling its other offerings combined. But perhaps time is already ripe for the German sports car maker to offer full-electric and coupe versions of the Macan and Cayenne. Porsche will decide on that matter next year.
In an interview with Automotive News during the recently held 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche chief executive Oliver Blume made it clear that the company’s first all-electric vehicle – based on the Porsche Mission E Concept sedan unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show – won’t be the company’s last project in electro-mobility. Thus, in line with its plans, the German sports car maker will be announcing its second electro-mobility project in the first half of 2018.
Blume quipped that the company needs to check first whether a Porsche SUV would make sense as its next electro-mobility project. This all-electric SUV could be an EV version of the Porsche Macan, as hinted by executives at the carmaker. The chances that the Macan or the Cayenne SUVs would be the Porsche’s next electro-mobility are high, considering that SUVs are its best-sellers. It would further diversify Porsche’s offerings without having to create a completely different vehicle. With the production version of the Mission E set to arrive in 2019, the EV variant of the Macan or Cayenne is anticipated to come shortly after that.
Meanwhile, Blume acknowledged the possibility of coupe versions of the Macan and the Cayenne, saying that the sports car maker will decide on its commitment to coupe-style SUV in 2018. He also admitted the possibility of new opportunities in the future, depending on the volume behind it. Blume quipped that Porsche will take an opportunity whenever it pops up.
Porsche has been rumored to be developing a coupe version of the Macan that would be introduced as an EV either in 2021 or 2022. This basically means a coupe-style electric Macan could be in the works at Porsche. In addition, the German sports car maker has also been rumored to be developing a coupe version of the Cayenne that would be launched in 2019 the earliest, thereby giving Porsche an offering that would compete against the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.
For now, Blume is pinning hopes on the production version of the Mission E Concept. He pegged the demand for Porsche’s first all-electric sports car at 20,000 examples globally, which means that it would be nearly as popular as the 911. The Mission E is regarded as an environment-friendly sports car that combines superior performance with the practicality of an 800-volt drive system. It is developed to send over 600 hp (440 kW) of output to all wheels, enabling the Mission E to accelerate from nil to 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds while having an electric range of 310 miles.