Porsche Macan to Get Several New Versions, But No Two-Door
In today’s episode of “Car Company’s Gaining Sanity” it appears that Porsche will not be making a two-door version of its new Macan SUV. A new report from the Australian site Motoring claims that Porsche is in fact working on several new versions of the Macan from a Turbo S and GTS model all the way to a plug-in hybrid version like the Panamera S E-Hyrbid I just drove. This information comes from a spokesman for the brand named Paul Ellis.
According to Ellis, the Macan family will eventually grow to have the same number of members as the larger Cayenne. Despite these plans to grow, Ellis reiterated that there are no plans to drop 4WD and no plans for a two-door like the Range Rover Evoque. "All our SUVs are four-wheel drive," he said. "For me two-wheel drive is not an option.” He also stated “For us the Macan is [already] a coupe. It’s closer to the [BMW] X4 than X3. Evoque two-door is only 20 per cent [of sales].”
When it comes to those new models, Ellis was not willing to divulge details about the potential Turbo or GTS versions of the small SUV, but he did say that the PHEV version would use the exact same drivetrain that the other E-Hybrid models currently use. That means 416 horsepower, an EV range of around 15 miles and fuel economy that should crest the 30-mpg mark. Sounds pretty awesome.
That is all good news in my book. I am frankly quite tired of all these ridiculous SUVs that are not really SUVs. Porsche, I personally want to thank you for keeping your head on straight and staying away from obnoxious sales fads that water down your brand and performance image.
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Why it matters
While the sale of larger cars and SUVs is rocketing upward in developing markets like China, the Unites States and Europe are seeing a downsizing trend with people looking for smaller cars that still offer the feel and capability of a crossover. This makes the market ripe for a brand like Porsche to come in with a smaller SUVs and flesh it out into several models. By creating another PHEV, Porsche is also working to increase its overall CAFÉ rating here in the United States. It is a win-win for all involved.
By shying away from a two-door model, Porsche is also making a statement about the state of the market and where it thinks the sales are. Since Porsche feels the investment needed to create a “coupe” version of Macan is not worth the return, it may signal that the market is finally moving away from odd niche models and moving more toward traditional body styles once again.
The Macan is the latest model to enter the Porsche family. It is a small, two-row SUV that is similar in size to the BMW X3. In the United States the Macan is being sold in two models, both with twin turbocharged V-6 engines. The Macan S features a 3.0-liter engine that produces 340 horsepower and an equal amount of torque. The Macan Turbo has a larger, 3.6-liter engine that produces 400 horsepower and similar torque numbers. Both machines come standard with AWD and seven-speed PDK transmissions. The Macan is also the cheapest car that Porsche currently sells, thanks to a base MSRP of $49,900.