Is the Porsche Macan electric SUV delayed? It seems so. According to Porsche AG, in fact the Porsche electric Macan SUV may not appear until 2023.

Reviewer consensus considers the Porsche Macan a best compact SUV and a best crossover SUV. So it seems that this is the best time to strike while the iron is hot. The Porsche Macan was slated to emerge as a Porsche electric SUV exclusively, to go on sale in 2023.

But now Porsche informs us that “issues” have arisen which impact release of the Macan electric SUV. Those notorious software glitches, don’t you know.

Such hiccups were disclosed and confirmed in Porsche’s Shares Prospectus papers released within Porsche’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) documentation.

Porsche Macan electric SUV delayed: Depicted here are camouflaged Macan EV Prototypes exiting the gates of Porsche's Weissach Development Center. Credit: Porsche AG
Camouflaged Macan EV Prototypes exiting the gates of Porsche’s Weissach Development Center. Credit: Porsche AG

Here is a summary of implications involving the Porsche Macan electric SUV delay:

  • Cariad, the Volkswagen Group’s software division, seems to be suffering from undisclosed gremlins plaguing its E3 1.2 software platform
  • Inside rumors suggest that Porsche is considering increasing bandwidth through the development of a proposed diverging E3 2.0 software stack
  • Such an E3 2.0 software stack could stymie any future E3 1.2 upgrades, with the potential of adversely impacting Porsche models set to go all-EV sooner than later
  • The agreement between the VW Group and Porsche AG, curiously, grants Porsche the freedom to forgo the E3 2.0 software stack completely, in favor of developing its own independent software stack

So what is the potential mid- and long-term fallout of this “shocking” turn of events?

  • The 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster EVs may not make their slated sales release dates of 2025
  • The proposed Cayenne all-electric SUV could see its scheduled sales release dates pushed back even further

As Porsche disclosed at the announcement of the Porsche Macan electric-only compact crossover SUV, the Porsche Macan EV shares the PPE platform in co-development with Audi.

On the distant R&D horizon is an anticipated but yet-to-be-determined Porsche SUV, the largest one ever to be unleashed by Porsche. Porsche’s Leipzig facilities will most likely produce this third SUV.

This prospective Porsche SUV will probably premiere in the latter half of this decade. More rumors have it that this large SUV may share some hardware with future generations of the Panamera and Taycan.

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