SPIED: Porsche’s baby SUV
A FOUR-CYLINDER PORSCHE?: The Macan will reportedly be powered by the first Porsche four-cylinder engine since the 968 was phased out in 1995.
Earlier in February 2012 Porsche revealed teaser images of its new Macan SUV set to have sporty valences and a coupe-like body style.
In May, the new model was spotted undergoing testing. Now we can reveal images of the Macan out on the open road!
The Macan shares its platform and underpinning from the Audi Q5 and upcoming Q6, a fact that’s demonstrated by the Audi-type wheels on the test vehicle.
The differences will obviously come in the luxury department and in the fact that the Macan will be a sportier offering that the Q5.
The head and tail lights and the fake chromed strip towards the rear of the doors are actually stickers meant to fool viewers into thinking it’s actually a Cayenne. However, the differences are quite minor.
The Macan has a larger grille, no creases on the bonnet, a sloped back and longer overhangs.
The Macan and Cayenne will be differentiated in power and price, with the former offering more mainstream engines borrowed from Audi than tuned to Porsche levels, culminating with a 280kW V6 for the Macan Turbo.
The engine will make the top-of-the-range Macan some 60kW more powerful than the Cayenne base model. Think of it as the Cayman positioned below the 911 in the German automaker’s model range.
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