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SPIED: Porsche Macan

2013-08-08 10:09

NEXT PORSCHE SUV: Porsche’s next SUV, the Macan, was spotted undergoing testing. Image: Automedia

Spy photographers captured images Porsche’s baby SUV sans disguise. The new Macan rides on the same platform as the Audi Q5 and upcoming Q6, a fact that is clearly demonstrated by the very Audi-esque wheels on the test vehicle.

Compared to its larger sibling, the Cayenne, the new Macan doesn’t appear all that different from Porsche’s flagship SUV. The name is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger.

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The Macan has a larger grille, no creases on the bonnet, a sloped back and longer overhangs and the Macan and Cayenne will be differentiated by price, with the former offering more mainstream power trains borrowed from Audi, culminating with a 280kW V6 for the Macan Turbo.

This would make the top-of-the-range Macan produce 60kW more than the base-spec Cayenne. Think of it as the Cayman positioned below the 911 in Porsche’s line-up.

The Macan will reportedly be powered by the Porsche’s first four-cylinder engine since the 968 was phased out in 1995.

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