Prompted by the success of its Cayenne SUV and a plethora of new compact Luxury crossovers mushrooming, the executives at Porsche formally decided to launch a new luxury SUV in the compact segment to compete with the likes of Range Rover Evoque, Volvo XC60,
Mercedes GLK and the BMW X1 & X3. The Macan will be the second SUV built by the Porsche and will be available for sale during 2013. Initial models will feature a four door body style with a 2 door Macan scheduled for a later date. The SUV will share the DNA with the Audi Q5. The word Macan is an Indonesian word which means Tiger. The SUV was earlier labeled as Cajun (short for Cayenne Junior) during the initial developmental phases. The SUV is part of the Porsche’s initiative for an increased global presence and plans to target annual sales figure of over 200,000 cars.
PowerTrain and Transmission
The 2013 Porsche Macan will come with a choice of either an 8 speed automatic transmission or a 7 seven Porsche dual clutch automated manual transmission. The Macan will be offered with a variety of engines which include the four cylinder turbocharged 2.0 liter, 3.0 liter V6, 3.0 liter turbocharged V6, a 3.0 turbo diesel and a hybrid version with a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine. The base model will feature the 2.0 liter turbocharged engine which will generate 275 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 is the most powerful engine among generating almost 350 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque at wheels. All the engines feature direct injection for increased fuel efficiency. The engines will be sourced from the Audi and Volkswagen, Porsche’s parent group, and will be tuned for an added performance and punch by the Porsche. The Hybrid model will feature a 33 kW motor and will draw power from a 1.3 kWh lithium ion battery pack located beneath the rear cargo floor. The hybrid system is expected to run both powertrain to give an increased performance on the road. The role of the hybrid system in the Macan is expected to be more of a performance driven than fuel efficiency system as found in conventional hybrids.
Handling and Performance
The Macan is expected a full Porsche treatment in the handling and performance department. It is expected to feature the Porsche Dynamic Control System, the Porsche Torque Vectoring and the Porsche Traction Management just like its elder sibling, the Cayenne. Although the Macan will be sharing the platform with the Audi Q5, but it will be a significantly a different vehicle. This baby Cayenne will be lower, the suspension will be tuned for crisp handling and ride. Also expected is availability of Porsche height adjustment system on higher trim with electronic settings for suspension height adjustment for different driving mode. In short, it will be more agile and responsive than the Q5. The driving layout will be all wheel drive layout with a rear biased setting for sports car like handling on the road.
Prices and Availability
The Porsche Macan will be produced at Liepzig where Cayenne and Panamera are already being made. The production will start in the year 2013, but the deliveries will commence from the late 2013 and will be touted as the 2014 model cars. Never the less the Macan will be priced higher than the Audi Q5 to avoid competition and damaging sales of each other. The base model is expected to start at around $45,000 and will go up for the V6 engine models.