It’s usually strict emissions standards that lead manufacturers to limit a model’s range to an electric version, but in the case of the Macan something completely different is happening.
As is known for the moment, the Macan is exclusively available with internal combustion engines, with Porsche long developing the new generation of the model which will utilize pure electric technology.
Given the emphasis that Porsche has placed on the development of its first purely electric SUV, its original plan predicted that along with the electric Macan which is expected in 2024, the already known conventional version of the model with internal combustion engines would also be available in an improved version with targeted upgrades.
Given the transitional era we are going through, under this reasoning, essentially the new, electric generation of Macan would coexist for some years with its renewed version with internal combustion engines. And this cannot be ruled out for markets outside of Europe, however in the old continent, from next spring the only option for those wishing to acquire a Macan will be to wait for the new electric version as those with internal combustion engines will cease to be available .
The reason for this decision is not, however, the emission standards but the new cyber security rules which were recently passed and will come into force in the near future in Europe. According to a Porsche representative, upgrading the specifications of the Macan ICE, which was already being developed long before the specific rules were passed, to keep up with them is not commercially viable for the German brand, which will therefore stop selling the conventional Macan from next spring in the countries of the 27 EU member states.
So the Macan with internal combustion engines will not be available from spring 2024 in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania , Luxembourg, Malta, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden, while probably due to Brexit it will still be available in Great Britain.
It should be noted that the Macan ICE is the most popular model of the German brand with a particular appeal in Europe, having accumulated in the first 10 months of 2023 more than 10,000 units of sales and it remains to be seen whether the upcoming Macan EV, which is specified to be clearly more expensive, will be able to compensate the gap.