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.