Porsche has released images of its new Macan model, a sub-Cayenne junior SUV, which show the car during the final testing stages in the USA. Initial details of the new car leaked onto the Internet following a presentation at a Porsche dealer conference – including previously unknown engine spec and launch prices.
We know that the Macan will be unveiled at the LA motor show next month, the first time we will have seen the new car undisguised. European sales thought are to begin in early 2014, with prices starting at 52,000 US dollars (£32,000) for the Macan and 75,000 US dollars (£46,500) for the Turbo.
Turbocharged V6 engines will power both models, although only the larger 3.6-litre engine will be badged as a Turbo. The basic model will be powered by a 3.0-litre V6, although no power figures have been confirmed. It is also thought that there will be a pair of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines for entry-level models.
The name comes from the Indonesian word for tiger, before you ask, and is said to represent the ‘suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics’ the company’s Range Rover Evoque rival will possess.
Porsche is keen to stress it’s ‘a genuine Porsche’, too, though it’s expected to share engines and some of its Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform underpinnings with the new Audi Q5.
The Macan’s unlikely to please Porsche purists then, but it’s a key part of the company’s ‘Strategy 2018’ model expansion plan, and is designed to emulate the huge sales success of the Cayenne, which currently accounts for over half of all Porsche purchases. A smaller SUV is expected to bring a wealth of all-important younger buyers to the brand.
Production begins late in 2013 in Leipzig, where the Cayenne and Panamera are put together. The plant is set to enjoy 500 million euros worth of development, and the Macan’s arrival is creating over 1000 new jobs.