During the Geneva Motor Show last month, Porsche President and CEO Matthias Müller said it is planning release of a Macan plug-in hybrid in the next year or two.
“We’re working on it. We’ll have it in one or two years,” Müller stated frankly to IndianAutosBlog.
After denial of the possibility of a Macan hybrid last October by a Porsche Spokesperson, it seems the Stuttgart automaker has changed its mind just a few months later in regards to the vehicles potential creation.
Currently, the Macan is offered with four-and six-cylinder gasoline powered engines, as well as in Europe a six-cylinder diesel engine. The plug-in could conceivably see one of these engines converted to hybrid duties, similar to what Porsche did with the Panamera and Cayenne S E-Hybrid.
With the Panamera/Cayenne hybrid Porsche uses a 3.0-liter six cylinder supercharged engine pushing out 333 horsepower mated to an electric motor contributing 95 horsepower for a total of 416 system horsepower.
This combo gives those cars 0-60 times in the low 5-second range and a top speed over 150 miles per hour. Porsche says the Cayenne has an efficiency of 29.4 km/l with CO2 emissions of only 79 g/km and so there you have bragging rights all the way around.
The Cayenne and Panamera S E-Hybrid aren’t the onl;y PHEVs in its fleet. Also included is the staggeringly quick 918 Spyder, and Porsche could possibly be receiving a plug-in 911 sometime around 2018, should Porsche decide on following through with its production.
Nor is Porsche the only German automaker to push hybridization in recent years. BMW, Audi, and Mercedes have gone that route a number of times as well, and are planning many more in the next few years.
In order to meet global fuel economy requirements, plug-in hybrids are being viewed as a middle ground sort of pure electric such as Tesla is advancing while maintaining high performance and reasonable fuel economy and emissions.