Porsche already has three plug-in hybrids in its lineup, the limited edition 918 Spyder as well as the Cayenne and Panamera S E-Hybrid models, but the sports car manufacturer won’t be stopping there. This is because Porsche sees vehicle electrification as a crucial element of its ‘Intelligent Performance’ philosophy, where performance gains are met with improvements in efficiency through the use of technology.
This means that even the iconic 911 will eventually go the plug-in hybrid route, but before we get to that point we’ll likely see the automaker’s other models, like the Macan, adopt the technology first.
Speaking with Motoring, Porsche sales and marketing executive Julian Baumann said the company hasn’t decided on the launch of a Macan plug-in hybrid yet but is ready should the market demand such a vehicle.
"Nothing has been decided for Macan,” Baumann said. “[But] If there is market demand or legal [emissions] requirements we are ready to react.”
Should a Macan plug-in hybrid be launched, it will likely be badged a Macan S E-Hybrid like the plug-in versions of the Cayenne and Panamera. It will also likely share a drivetrain with its larger siblings, in this case a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 paired with an electric motor integrated with the transmission. In the Cayenne and Panamera the setup is good for a peak 416 horsepower.
In the same interview with Motoring, Baumann also said there were no plans for a three-door Macan. He explained that demand was too low to warrant the vehicle’s development, pointing to the Range Rover Evoque three-door which only makes up about 20 percent of all Evoque sales.