Slated to be announced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Macan will mark the entry of Porsche into the premium crossover segment that is dominated by cars such as the Range Rover Evoque.
Porsche has confirmed that the Macan will be based on the Audi Q5 , but will have a completely different dynamic proposition from that of the Q5. In other words, it’ll be different despite the same platform. According to R&D Chief, Wolfgang Hatz, everything has been modified in this vehicle, ranging from engines, to transmission, to suspension systems. "It’s all new and Audi can’t believe what we’ve done.”
Hatz also claims that Audi shouldn’t fear the Macan disturbing the sales of the Audi Q5, which have been great. He says that the Macan is targeting a different type of customer; more like the young and rich folks that also drive the Evoque’s growth.
In the design department, the baby Cayenne’s design will be influenced by the recently announced Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo , where the design combines certain key elements from the 911 and the Boxster. If you want an idea of what it would look like in flesh, take the Panamera Sport Turismo and bloat it up. Voila, the Porsche Macan is served.
In terms of performance, Hatz confirmed that the Macan will be the first modern-day Porsche to be powered by four-cylinder engines in its lineup, but don’t get your checkbooks ready as Porsche won’t be launching the 4-cyl versions in the beginning. Along with that, there will be a 3.6-liter V6 engine that develops 295 horsepower.
The Porsche Macan: For those people who like to ferry their family around in an Audi with a Porsche badge, but can’t afford a Cayenne or a Panamera. This is certainly interesting for us.
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gallery: Porsche Macan