Porsche Backtracks – Petrol Powered Macan To Stick Around For A While

The all-new, fully electric Porsche Macan is scheduled to be introduced in the first half of 2024, although it is possible that the ICE-powered version may continue to be produced for a longer period of time than previously anticipated. 

According to reports, Porsche stated that, depending on sales volume over the following two years, it will evaluate its decision to discontinue the combustion-engined Macan in 2025 or 2026.

The production version of the Macan was unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Early models included the Macan S and Macan Turbo. The recent model that is available in the Malaysian market is the 2022 Porsche Macan facelift. The standard Macan costs RM433,154, the Macan S starts at RM623,593, and the Macan GTS is the most expensive model, starting at RM786,232.

Due to “the lack of well-maintained public charging infrastructure” that wouldn’t be enough to support its volume model,” the automaker is reconsidering going all-EV with the Macan. 

According to high-ranking officials, Porsche is looking for “as many chargers as possible” in the most effective method rather than competing with other automakers for access to Tesla Superchargers.

According to reports, the Macan is Porsche’s best-selling model in the US, and despite its age, accounts for one-third of the brand’s sales.

Porsche anticipates that the Macan will sell 80,000 units in the US this year, a 15% increase over 2022. The new Macan variations and the older ICE-powered Macan models are probably going to co-exist side by side for a few more years if this pattern holds.

Porsche’s SUVs continued to be in high demand in 2021, with the Macan leading the pack with 88,362 units delivered worldwide.

However, Porsche is not the only car manufacturer worried about the quick switch to EVs. Mercedes-Benz recently announced that it is thinking about slowing down the EV conversion and extending support to its ICE-powered range.

Porsche is developing two more electric SUVs in addition to the Macan EV, and a flagship three-row model is also being considered. The next-generation Cayenne will also do away with its internal combustion engines. The 718 Cayman and Boxster will stop production in 2025 to make place for electrified sports cars.

The 911 is the only model in Porsche’s range that won’t be converted to an EV anytime soon. However, a hybrid derivative will be available in the upcoming years. According to rumours, the GT2 RS will have some electrification to produce more than 700 hp.

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