The German car manufacturer Porsche is hoping to repeat the success of its Cayenne model by expanding beyond its traditional niche with the launch of the new Porsche Macan. Although strictly speaking, this new model belongs to the SUV classification and is built on the same platform as the next generation of the Audi Q5, it has been created with dimensions such as a length of 4.68m, which although are superior than those of the Range Rover Evoque, the BMW X3, the Audi Q5 and new luxury SUV models including the Mercedes GLA and the Jaguar C-X17, they are still smaller than those of larger models such as the BMW X5.
After the success of the Porsche Cayenne, designers have made very few changes to the dimensions of the new model’s front end. A few differences, however, are visible at the rear-end of the Macan which features a more gently sloping roof line and longer, slimmer tail lights. The interior boasts the same centre console as that of the Panamera model, as well as a boot with a capacity of 500 litres, sufficient for a vehicle of this size.
The Macan’s engine options have been slightly reduced with a selection of just three engines to choose from: the Porsche Macan S with a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine producing 340 bhp and a fuel economy of 8.2L/100km for a price of €68,100; the Porsche Macan Turbo with a 3.6-litre engine producing 400 bhp and a fuel economy of 9.2L/100 km for a price of €93,100; and finally the Porsche Macan Diesel with an engine producing 248 bhp and a fuel economy of 6.1L/100km for a price of €65,600. The use of lightweight aluminium components in the chassis of the new Porsche Macan means that the Turbo model, for example, weighs less than 1,700kg. Each engine option features 21-inch wheel rims, a 7-speed semi-automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.