Posted Dec 5th 2012 9:28AM
Porsche Macan upcoming compact crossover, due for a reveal late next year ahead of a sales launch in 2014, the German high-end sports car maker thumbs its nose at Porsche traditionalists by introducing another SUV with another very un-Teutonic name. Originally known as the Cajun, this entry in the fast-growing compact SUV segment now goes by Macan, the Indonesian word for tiger. A low roofline and a Porsche-designed interior will differentiate the Cajun from its platform-mate, the Audi Q5 platform and in some guises could develop as much as 370 horsepower.
Much of the cabin, including a Panamera-like raised center console, will reportedly be shared with the upcoming Porsche Boxster. While, of the options including diesels and hybrids, but Americans are expected to get a choice of two gas engines – Audi’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 220 bhp (164 kW), or a naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6 with 295 bhp (220 kW) and possibly a twin-turbo 3.0-liter, but loyalists will be appeased by the Porsche Macan 2014 engine options that may include a powerful twin-turbo 370 horsepower (276 kW) V-6. There’s also word of a hybrid variant with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine and a 54 bhp (40 kW) electric motor.
The Macan is a crucial model for Porsche, as the automaker expects it to be its top-seller. Sales projections of around 50,000 – 55,000 units per year have been described by Porsche as cautious estimates, and more recently there has been talk that sales numbers could reach as much as 75,000 units per year. At this level the Macan would represent more than 50 percent of Porsche’s total volume. The Macan will be assembled alongside the Cayenne at Porsche’s Leipzig plant, which is undergoing an extensive $650-million upgrade and expansion. So, what do you think about out latest Porsche Macan?
On sale in 2013, starting at $ 45,000 to $ 50,000, with a turbo V-6 models commanding a premium of $ 10,000 to $ 15,000.
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