a new Porsche SUV joins the lineup to de Porsche Cayenne as the biggest performance car from Stuttgart, and this new sizeable SUV becomes an EV. The upcoming Porsche will build on the success of the Porsche Cayenne and Macan, but will top both models as the company’s flagship SUV — which just happens to be electric. But it will be pricey, according to car news.
Porsche CEO Oliver Blume confirmed that the flagship SUV is coming in a few years; production will not start in Leipzig until the middle of the decade. Assuming that means 2025-2026, the SUV still has a long way to go before it takes the Cayenne’s place at the top of the range, and as one of Porsche’s best-selling models.
The wait will have been worth it for the performance carmaker, however, as Blume went on to say that the Porsche EV SUV will focus primarily on “higher margin segments and strive to open up new sales opportunities.” That’s CEO-speak for “we’re going to sell a lot of big, expensive SUVs,” which makes sense given the public’s infatuation with the segment. The bigger the better!
To that end, this new Porsche SUV, codenamed K1, may even come with a third row – a Porsche first. But the Porsche K1 will nevertheless debut a “very sporty interpretation of an SUV”. Porsche has already done that with the mid-size Cayennebut has yet to show that it can graft the performance it is known for onto a longer and wider SUV.
With a production timeline running for a few years and a possible release in the second half of the decade, it makes sense that the Porsche K1 will be all-electric. Porsche wants EVs to make up 80 percent of its global sales by 2030, and the unexpected success of the Porsche Taycan bodes well for that purpose. The Taycan now sells better than the Porsche 911, per A, proving the viability of EVs for the brand. Another Porsche EV has been delayed, but will arrive in 2024: a Porsche Macan EV that will be smaller than the flagship Porsche K1.
Details and specifications are still scarce for the time being, but the Porsche K1 will probably have the technology of the Mission R — an EV concept Porsche showed off at the 2021 IAA motor show in Munich. The technology that the Porsche K1 will borrow from the Mission R will reportedly include a 920-volt electrical system for faster charging, a powerful battery and a direct oil-cooled electric motor. The future of Porsche is EVs, SUVs and also EV SUVs but maybe just fewer 911s.