Porsche K1 Three-Row EV Off-roader Production Begins
Porsche is getting set to introduce a brand-new, three-row, all-electric off-road vehicle by 2027, which is anticipated to be at the top of Porsche’s lineup worldwide. This new electric off-roader will compete with vehicles like the BMW iX, which is currently available in India, and the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV.
Porsche K1 Three-Row EV will be unlike any prior production model from the automaker, according to insiders with access to early design concepts. The SUV is “half saloon, part crossover” in appearance and will be longer than five meters. It is anticipated to be the top model in the lineup of seven different Porsches.
According to sources at the company’s Zuffenhausen headquarters, the K1 will include the newest synchronous electric motor, high-performance battery, and rapid-charging technology, raising its price far above the current internal combustion-engined Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT.
The Porsche Cayenne and Macan, which have been the automaker’s two best-selling models for the previous 20 years, as well as last year’s performance are the targets of the new K1. With a blend of sportiness and practicality that it thinks will appeal to clients in its two biggest markets: North America and China, the K1, which has been in the conceptual and planning stages for three years, is meant to encourage this trend.
After the Porsche Taycan, the impending Macan EV, the electric Porsche Boxster/Porsche Cayman due in 2025, and the all-new Cayenne EV tentatively scheduled for delivery in 2026, it will become the sixth electric-powered Porsche when it comes.
Although Porsche has not yet provided any design hints, the K1 is expected to have a distinctive form with a small bonnet—by Porsche standards—a sharply sloped windscreen, and a curving roof that extends into a tailgate in the liftback fashion. The new Porsche is also believed to have a sizable ride height in its most severe driving mode to offer it appropriate off-road capability. Using sophisticated air suspension with different settings, ground clearance may be changed.
Given that it will share a manufacturing line with the future, PPE-based electric Macan, which is scheduled for release in 2024, the K1 is anticipated to be built on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE).
Originally scheduled to use Porsche’s adaption of the Scalable Systems Platform developed by parent company Volkswagen Group, the SSP Sport, for the K1, VW has announced a delay to the platform.
According to insiders, the SUV is expected to ride on an updated PPE platform when it debuts in 2027. This platform would feature advancements initially seen on the Mission R engineering concept, which was first unveiled at the 2021 Munich auto show.
A 920V electric system for even quicker charging and oil cooling for the electric motors is one of these advancements. The K1’s potential battery pack is still a mystery, although it is anticipated to use a cell-to-chassis configuration for increased structural integrity, have an energy capacity of over 100kWh, and have a maximum WLTP range of more than 435 miles.
The K1’s other proposed chassis technology includes electronically controlled four-wheel steering, which will allow the rear wheels to swivel at an angle of up to 5 degrees, making it easier to manoeuvre at low speeds in town and more agile at higher speeds. A torque-vectoring effect between each individual rear wheel will be provided by this function in conjunction with an electronic differential.
The new Porsche K1 will be manufactured in Porsche’s Leipzig facility, which already produces the electric Macan and the current Macan, Cayenne, and Porsche Panamera vehicles with internal combustion engines.
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