Porsche announces that it plans for its new electric SUB. It spent over 30 minutes talking about its success in 2022 and further plans for the future. The new EV is expected to be more luxurious than the Cayenne, as Porsche and Volkswagen Group CEO Oliver Blume stated.
The brand is planning to begin sales of an electric version of the Macan SUV, its second best-selling vehicle, in 2024 and an electric Cayenne, its sales leader, in 2026, both of which are firmly in the luxury segment; but this new model, codenamed K1, could rival ultra-luxury SUVs like the Aston Martin DBX, Bentley Bentayga, Ferrari Purosangue, and Lamborghini Urus when it arrives around 2027. The thing about all those eye-popping expensive, high-performance SUVs is that they’re gas-powered.
By previewing a higher-end battery-powered model, we see the German luxury brand is still one step ahead of the competition, if not several. After all, Porsche essentially predicted the rise of the luxury SUV when it announced plans for such a model in 1998 and introduced it in the form of the Cayenne in 2002. Ultra-luxury brands were slow to follow suit, with Ferrari now debuting a sport-utility offering a full 20 years later.
Porsche has normally slotted a tier below the aforementioned brands, but with this upcoming SUV, the company is aiming to deliver a larger vehicle with the performance of its electric Taycan and the status of its famed 911 sports car. It is known that Porsche billed the Macan as a “lifestyle” product and the Cayenne as “functionality” focused, but labeled the unnamed electric SUV under the “prestige” banner. Come 2027, there is certainly the chance Porsche will release something more in line with its current competitors BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi, all of which have luxury electric SUVs available already.
EV leader Tesla is out due to its consistently subpar build quality and reliability issues. Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin have yet to introduce any fully electric vehicles, and even with Ferrari set to unveil one in 2025, a battery-powered SUV is likely far down the line. As for Bentley, there have been rumors its first EV would be an SUV, but recent reports suggest it will be a coupe when it arrives in 2026. With more heated competition, the sales numbers are also closing in with a smaller gap. Furthermore, the technologies are advanced and people’s expectations have also grown over the year. While Porsche doesn’t focus on affordability, the features would be a game changer.