Porsche's Macan SUV to launch next year, set to become the company's biggest seller

This is the long-awaited Porsche Macan, which is set to become the company’s biggest-selling model after it goes on sale in less than 12 months’ time.

After originally suggesting sales might reach 55,000 units per year, some inside Porsche believe the 
all-new compact SUV could 
hit 75,000 units per year.

The range-topping model, Autocar has learnt, will be powered by a version of Porsche’s new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine producing just under 400bhp.

Prices are expected to start at around £36,000 for entry-level V6 models. Later in the car’s life, four-cylinder engines, including 2.0-litre turbocharged petrols and diesels, will feature, making the Macan the first four-cylinder Porsche since the 968.

Despite the disguise worn by the car spied here, the Macan is a particularly lithe and sporting machine, with strong 911 overtones around the nose and tail. Although the model spied here is a five-door, Porsche is actively considering launching a three-door Macan, which looks like even more of a high-riding coupé than this variant. A concept version of a three-door Macan — based on a production package — was completed by Porsche-sponsored design student Julliana Cho in 2011. 

Sources say the Macan has been engineered to be the most sporting SUV of this size. The model’s styling is closer to that of the Range Rover Evoque than it is to a mid-size SUV’s, but while it matches the Evoque’s style, the Macan promises to be a much more accomplished road car.

“We’ve surprised even ourselves,” said Porsche development boss Wolfgang Hatz when speaking last year. “It drives incredibly well and, from what we’ve seen from the competition, it will be the most sporting car in its class.”

The Macan is understood to be based on Audi’s new mixed-materials MLB platform, but Porsche sources say that its engineers have made extensive changes to the structure and the running gear. One highly placed source said: “Audi cannot believe how much we have changed it.”

The Macan’s engine is mounted longitudinally, driving an in-line transmission. Because it is based on the 
MLB platform, the Macan is natively front-wheel drive, but Porsche will only produce all-wheel-drive versions of the model. There will be a choice of either a seven-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. One of the more significant changes to the MLB underpinnings is said to be a wider-track front suspension set-up than Audi 
is planning to use.

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7 July 2013

I know Porsche need to keep the porsche DNa in all its designs but really thye coudl ahve tried a little hard in the asthetic deprtment.

Porsche in the 80's used to at least try to create design diffrentiation suchas the 944/ 928..now they just amke everything look like the 911 with different mid sections SUV or Saloon grafted on.

Although I do like the idea of a small Porsche SUV, I think this will trully define what a sporting Off roader should be along with the Evoque. Too many maunfactures use the SUV term when infact there vehicles are nothing sporty of the sort.

7 July 2013

Bobstardeluxe wrote:

...now they just amke everything look like the 911 with different mid ...

Norma Smellons wrote:

...Building SUVs for Americans - to survive - was tolerable a decade ago...

I do see 911 look in almost all Porsches even in Cayenne, and US is a huge market for Porsche SUVs.

I think there's a place in the market for this baby Cayenne. It will sell like hot cakes here and abroad.

8 July 2013

Sure it will sell like "hot cakes." In the same way a Ferrari branded T shirt does. But that's hardly the point, is it? Gullible people will always want to show off. They would buy a wheelbarrow if Porsche grafted the 911's nose onto it.

 

The Macan, Cayenne are not Porsches at all. They erode what the brand had come to represent. The people buying them are too dumb to see that. They just want a badge. They want to appear as if they have a Porsche sports car whilst driving something nice and mundane and safe for the school and shopping runs. Plenty of height because then they can look down on other people. Now, these are hardly the values which made Porsche great, are they?

7 July 2013

Now, is it 'MASSAN' or 'MAKAN'? ...

Looks a lot more cohesive than its bigger brother ...

7 July 2013

Doesn't it?


8 July 2013

Winston Churchill wrote:

Doesn't it?

Didnt see that but now I do! that side window line completely CRV!

7 July 2013

....The Evoque now needs the Supercharged V6 petrol.


7 July 2013

The sportscars which made the brand are now a sideline. And this is what a Porsche has become - a faux 4x4 for posing on the school run. Building SUVs for Americans - to survive - was tolerable a decade ago. But now that VAG own them, surely they can leave the trucks to VW et al.

7 July 2013

Perfect to carry pigs...

 

7 July 2013

WSC Quote, "I like pigs,dogs look up to us,cats look down on us,but pigs treat us like equals"

They would have to be small pigs,mind you.

Madmac

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