These are the very first images of the all-new Porsche Macan ahead of its launch next year. Based on the same platform as the Audi Q5, the Macan is a a smaller and more fuel efficient SUV positioned below the Porsche Cayenne in both price and size.
These images show that the Macan will look much like a shrunken Cayenne, but with a far lower and more curved roofline. There’s the same sculpted body, with elongated headlamps integrated into sculpted wheelarches, while the rear end has been covered up with stickers to obscure the detailing. There’s the same LED strip beneath the headlamps and the same intake as the Cayenne, too.
The Macan will be wider than the Q5 to give it a sportier stance, while the rear end gets a more steeply raked windscreen. The curved windows in the C pillars and decorative chrome surrounds are familiar cues from the Cayenne.
The model spied here has five doors but a sportier three-door version is expected to follow.
The Macan will use more efficient, smaller capacity engines than its bigger brother, sourced from the Audi Q5 range and developed by Porsche itself.
The flagship is likely to use a 345bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 sending power to all four wheels through a seven-speed PDK gearbox. Performance should be impressive and 0-62mph should take less than 5 seconds.
The more efficient models will still be fast, and are likely to use a new 2.4-litre flat-four engine Porsche is busy developing for its 'baby Boxster' sports car, known internally as the 9X1. The flat flour will be crucial in keeping the brand’s core identity while offering performance and efficiency, as well as a bold exhaust note.
There will also be diesel versions as well as a hybrid, like the Cayenne, which is likely to use the 2.0 TFSI mated to an electric set-up, just like in the front-drive Audi A8 Hybrid and forthcoming Audi Q5 Hybrid. The Macan, however, will be strictly all-wheel drive.
Expect the Macan to use Porsche’s PASM and torque-vectoring technologies to offer class-leading grip levels and a choice of both ride height and suspension stiffness. There will be bigger brakes than the Audi Q5, larger wheel and tyre combinations and quicker steering.
The Macan, which will be built on its own line in Leipzig in Germany, not only broadens the Porsche range but will helps Porsche to hit the EU’s emissions targets for niche manufacturers, which means reducing average emissions by 25 per cent, compared to 2007, by 2015.
The Porsche Macan goes on sale in late 2013 and is expected to start from around £35,000. For more details click here.
Thanks to: Auto Express