The new Porsche Macan | A sport SUV
The Porche Macan is set to be released this year, and follows a growing trend of SUV and sport car crossovers. VCARS cited Porche’s newest offering as the car to look out for in coming months; so far, we’ve only got sneaky spy shots to whet our appetite. VCARS went on to say that Porsche where entering this small SUV or “Mini Cayenne” into a very competitive sector where it will have to compete against land rovers, Q5´s and Mercedes M class. It is speculated that the engines are highly likely to be re-engineeredversions of those expected for the rival Audi Q5. At present, it looks like the engines will mark a revisit to the four-cylinder models. There’s also the option of twin-turbo rumoured. In design, it is expected that the Macan will be following the general look of the Cayenne. In fact, it’s been coined as the ‘baby Cayenne’ by a number of car magazines.
Porsche Macan front view
Porsche Macan side view
Porsche Macan rear view
It looks like it’s going to be built on the same MQB platform as the proposed Audi Q5, sharing the electrics style, as well as some of the suspension components. It is shaping up to look a lot like the Porche Cayenne, the 2003 SUV with its powerful engine and excellent handling. The front is expected to look like the Cayenne while the back is set to appear more like a Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo. The preliminary specifications are different from the Cayenne, despite the ‘mini-Cayenne’ label. While the Cayenne has been sporting 6 cylinders, the Macan is rumoured to have only 4. As far as horsepower goes, choices are expected to be 275 (2.0T), 300 (V6), 350 (turbo V6) 285 (turbo diesel) or 220 (hybrid). The max torque of the Cayenne is 400Nm, while the Macan will get up to 400 only on the turbo diesel. Dimensions-wise, the Macan is looking at a length of about 185 inches. That’s a little smaller than the 191 inches of the Cayenne.
The new Porsche Macan
Expecting to feature much better handling and a sportier body than the Porche Cayenne, the Macan is set to improve on all its previous SUV designs by mixing the off-road capabilities with the practicality of smaller, family-friendly cars. The four standard engines will comprise of a choice from two diesel and two petrol engines. The Diesel specifications are as follows;
2.0 TFI 4-cyl, 187bhp/258lb ft
3.0 TDI V6, 288bhp/295lb ft
Meanwhile, petrol engines are expected to be:
2.0 TFSI 4-cyl, 237bhp/258lbft
There are also rumours that Porche have suggested they may be considering a two-door Macan. Set to be released in 2014, the Macan is already shaping up to be a great combination of the practicality of smaller cars, while retaining the versatility of their SUV.
Porsche Macan interior
Porsche Macan cabin