Leading up to the return of one of Europe’s largest motor show post lockdown, the IAA in Germany, Porsche has released a lone teaser image of the headlamp on a red vehicle.
The accompanying caption mentions using motorsports as a testing ground for new products and continues to do so. At the upcoming IAA Mobility in Munich, it looks like Porsche will be unveiling a concept car that is said to “combine cutting edge technology with breath-taking design”.
With the 24 Hour of Le Mans endurance race happening this weekend, we doubt the concept image relates to anything specific to motor racing as Porsche is only live-streaming the unveiling event on September 6th.
Based on the layout of the large signature four-point lighting units, we suspect this could be a precursor to the fully electric Macan compact SUV. Porsche, which has begun testing on public roads, formally announced that the new fully electric Macan is only due for sale in 2023, which is still a good 18 to 24 months from now.
The electric vehicle will be based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture which is jointly developed with Audi.
There is still plenty of life in the current compact SUV “sportscar”, as the company recently revamped the power output of the Macan range, with the base model now delivering 265 hp while the Macan GTS gets the 440 hp V6 biturbo engine previously fitted to the Macan Turbo.
Although at a downward trend, Porsche still managed to move almost 80,000 units of Macan models last year, from a high of almost 100,000 units in 2019.