A few weeks before Porsche officially unveils at the exhibition of Los Angeles the Macan, a video of it’s testing was leaked. The car is barely camouflaged. The small Cayenne is based on the platform of the Audi Q5, and features new suspension and different engines. It has a sports and luxury design , while regarding the interior it adopts the internal details of the 911 and the Panamera.
Due to the extensive use of aluminum , it weighs about 130 kilos less than the Q5. Porsche’s goal is to sell more than 75.000 Macan with hopes that the Macan will become as successful as the Cayenne.
As for the engines , the Macan is the first model of Porsche, which will be available with four-cylinder engine, after the 968 which was canceled in 1995. It will also have a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo producing 375 hp and 540 Nm of torque. The engine is based on the 3.6 -liter V6 equipped on the Cayenne and the Panamera. Apart from the V6 also the four-cylinder 2.0- liter TSI 220 hp and the V6 3.0- liter TSI 304 hp will be available , while in terms of diesel engines, available will be the 2.0- liter TDI 200 hp , the 3.0-liter V6 250 hp and 310 hp .
In America it will initially be available with the 3.0 – liter V6 engine and the 3.6 -liter V6 in the version Macan Turbo. The first will start in America from $ 52,000 and the second of $ 75,000 with the engines being combined with the seven-speed automatic PDK gearbox .
As for the hybrid version it will be equipped with the 2.0 – liter TSI 211 hp which will be combined with an electric motor of 40 kW (55 hp ) to bring the total horsepower to 250 horses with 480 Nm of torque.
Regardless the engines, the power will be sent to all four wheels via either a seven speed manual gearbox or through a seven speed dual clutch automatic PDK gearbox.
The car will be the fifth model of the company and will play an important role in the strategy to 2018 . Will come face to face with the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes GLK and Range Rover Evoque. Sales will start in early 2014 with an initial price £ 36.000 (€ 42.000) in England with production to start in December at Porsche’s plant in Leipzig.