Porsche is reportedly looking to expand its family car line-up with a fifth model series. Following the Cayenne, Panamera (incl. Sport Turismo), Macan, and Taycan (incl. Cross Turismo), it will launch a new electric compact sports sedan, as per a report from Autocar UK. Note that Porsche hasn’t announced plans to make a smaller saloon car below the Taycan.
Over the last two decades, Porsche has gradually expanded its presence into mainstream segments to boost sales significantly. Today, the Cayenne and Macan are the highest-selling Porsche models. While the low-riding Panamera and Taycan aren’t volume-spinners, the new electric compact sports sedan could turn out to be way more popular due to its affordability and the size/potential of its segment (among EVs).
Porsche sedan to ride on the PPE platform
The report suggests that the new Porsche electric sedan will be the brand’s most affordable EV, sitting below the upcoming Porsche Macan EV (working title). It says that like that SUV, it will ride on the PPE platform, which Porsche is jointly developing with Audi. Where the Macan EV is a close relative to the Audi Q6 e-tron, the sedan could share much in common with the 2023 Audi A6 e-tron sedan or even the future Audi A4 e-tron.
PPE platform-based EVs have an electric motor at the rear axle by default, and should there be a need for AWD and higher performance, it’s possible to add a second electric motor (ASM/PSM) at the front axle. The dual-motor AWD setup provides up to 350 kW of power and 800 Nm of torque. With battery packs as big as around 100 kWh, they can deliver an exceptional range (WLTP) of more than 700 km. 800-volt charging enables short charging times. It’s possible to charge at up to 270 kW, meaning 300 km range in just ten minutes and 5-80% charging in less than 25 minutes of waiting.
The new electric Porsche compact sports sedan could land in showrooms by 2024. It will have to contend with the performance/high-spec version of the Tesla Model 3, and sedans that are in the pipeline from German rivals.
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