New Porsche compact SUV to launch in the US, will take on Evoque and BMW X3 in Europe
10 October 2013

Porsche has released a teaser image of the Macan SUV in production form, ahead of its debut at the LA Motor Show next month.

The SUV is powered by a range of V6 engines, with prices starting at around £36,000 for an entry-level model. At the top of the range sits the Turbo variant, powered by a 3.6-litre V6 direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine offering 395bhp and 406lb ft of torque.

At the bottom of the engine range will be two four-cylinder engines – the first time four-cylinder powerplants would have appeared in a Porsche since the 968 in 1995.

On the petrol side, there will be a 220bhp 2.0-litre unit that should still be good for 0-62mph performance of 7.5sec and a 143mph top speed. The base diesel will be a 190bhp 2.0-litre turbo unit.

Other engines in the Macan’s range are set to include a 295bhp 3.6-litre V6 in the S, and a 250bhp 3.0-litre V6 in the Diesel S. A hybrid variant is also planned.

Strong 911 overtones can be seen in the final production car's styling, with the final form looking closer to that of the Range Rover Evoque than a full-size SUV. The Macan will take on both the baby Range Rover and the BMW X3 in Europe.

Porsche has made its intentions to make the Macan its biggest seller clear, and believes sales of the compact SUV could hit 75,000 units per year.

The Macan is both lower and larger than the Cayenne, and sits on the VW Group's MLB platform. Audi has been heavily involved in the Macan's development, as its new Q5 will share the same architecture.

Autocar recently joined a Porsche test team in the US to ride in the new car, finding it to be extremely capable both on and off-road.

A concept version of the Macan was first seen in 2011.

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Our Verdict

Porsche Macan

Porsche's 'junior Cayenne' promises and delivers on its dynamic and performance prowess to be be the most sporting SUV of its size. However, the market has changed with the newrivals threatening to challenge the Macan's crown, so does it have the stomach for a fight?

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11 October 2013

...either a Golf GTI-sourced petrol or GTD-sourced diesel, both good engines. However, your article only quoted performance figures for the smaller petrol variant. Do you have them for the larger petrol engines and diesel four-pot, too?

11 October 2013

No, still don't get it.
I'm sure it will trounce both, but Iif its going to be bigger than the Cayenne, why is it taking on the X3 and Evoque..?

And where's the BiTDi engine disappeared to, I thought it was getting bolted to this thing?


11 October 2013

"The Macan is both lower and larger than the Cayenne... " Neat trick.

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