Unveiled by Porsche chairman Mathias Muller at this week’s Los Angeles motor show, the junior sibling to the highly-successful Cayenne, the all new Macan, has been conceived to appeal to both dyed-in-the-wool enthusiasts as well as family car buyers.
The Macan takes its name from the Indonesian word for tiger, and will rival the Audi Q5, Range Rover Evoque and BMW X3 when it goes on sale here in November. The Porsche Macan will cost from $49,900, plus $995 destination, while offering the power of a sports-car in the body of an SUV.
Buyers will get the choice of three engine options. The Macan S is the entry level petrol and is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 that develops 335bhp and 460Nm of torque. The 0-62mph sprint takes 5.4 seconds, and top speed is 158mph.
Meanwhile the Macan Turbo, which starts at $72,300, uses a 3.6-litre version of the twin-turbo petrol engine that develops 394bhp and 550Nm. The benchmark 0-62mph sprint takes 4.8 seconds and top speed is 165mph.
While performance was a priority for Porsche, so was efficiency and light off-road capability. The German automaker has engineered Macan as full of Porsche DNA. The styling of the Macan has been done purely like a Porsche. A lot of work has been done on this car which is very much similar to 911, 918 and it also has traits of Cayenne.
Like its looks, if its performance is also similar to that of a Porsche then it will not have any problem reaching its goal of 50,000 sales per year. Production of the Macan will start next month at Porsche’s plant in Leipzig, Germany.