The newest Porsche baby crossover has been seen uncovered on the roads in Germany. This crossover is dubbed Macan, which is the Indonesian word for tiger. It takes inspiration from the bigger Cayenne SUV. Furthermore, it is a key driver of the ambitious sales goals of the company. The vehicle will be launched for sale next year as a 2014 model with an aim to attract younger customers, mostly in urban areas.
The Macan used to be recognized by its codename Cajun, which is the abbreviated name for Cayenne Junior. It is decidedly smaller compared with the Cayenne, which is the first SUV of Porsche. This vehicle will be founded on the same platform used in the Audi Q5 crossover and the forthcoming Q6.
The Macan is anticipated to be equipped with the automaker's first four-cylinder powerplant since the 968 was dismissed in 1995. It was photographed undergoing prototype testing near the Stuttgart headquarters of Porsche.
Porsche intends to manufacture 50,000 units of the Macan annually at a Leipzig facility in Germany beginning in 2013.
Aside from the Audi Q5, the Macan will compete primarily against the Range Rover Evoque, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK. The automaker is targeting an increase in global sales to at least 200,000 units annually beginning 2018 from the 118,867 units it achieved in 2011.
A big part of this growth is anticipated to come from China, Europe, the United States and Russia where the automaker is targeting the emerging upper-class consumers. Although the launch of the Cayenne in 2003 disappointed some Porsche fans, it has been the company's bestselling model worldwide, comprising almost 50% of its sales achieved during the first quarter.
The Macan will be the company's sixth model line next to the 911, Cayman coupe, Boxster roadster, Panamera four-door coupe and Cayenne SUV. Moreover, it will be included in a swing of redesigned and new models in the product lineup of Porsche.
In February, the refurbished Porsche 911 convertible and coupe were launched for sale. The third-generation Boxster roadster will be introduced in June. At year end, a refurbished Cayman coupe will be launched.
We have always been accustomed to Porsches being either sedans, coupes or roadsters but with the rise of the Macan, Porsche is finally opening its doors to the compact SUV segment. Set to excel into a whole new class, Porsche is bent on setting the bar higher in terms of dynamics and enjoyment for both paved and off-road terrain.
Of course, Porsche incorporated its typical handling characteristics on the Macan, particularly in terms of maximum acceleration and braking values, the vast engine power of a typical Porsche, extreme agility and optimum steering precision. And that’s not all; aside from power and maneuverability, the Macan is also designed for a high level of comfort as well as “everyday suitability”.
Design-wise, the Macan features the same sporty design as every Porsche model and has an unparalleled flat and broad profile when in action. To further highlight its sporty nature as well as its powerful dynamics, the Porsche Macan features a wraparound bonnet and a gently sloping roof line. Most of its design elements have taken inspiration from other Porsche sportscar models and are enhanced for a sense of individuality, making the Macan the first sportscar in the compact SUV segment.
Porsche’s Leipzig plant in Germany was built with a huge investment of 500 million euros. It established an entire production line, including the Porsche Macan. According to reports, around 50,000 Porsche Macans are expected to be produced every year, each of which is manufactured with “utmost precision” and a high level of quality; thus, nothing less from Porsche.
Keeping the Macan S active is its 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine producing 340 bhp (250 kW) as well as an active all-wheel drive (for all Macan models) complete with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch. It also comes with a seven-speed double-clutch transmission that is capable of transferring power without any tractive force interruption, allowing the Macan to launch from 0 to 100 km/h in a matter of 5.4 seconds (make it 5.2 seconds if installed with the optional Sport Chrono package).
The Macan is also capable of achieving a top speed of 254 km/h while keeping its NEDC fuel consumption figures within the 9.0 to 8.7 liters/100 km range – equivalent to CO2 emissions level ranging in between 212 to 204 g/km.
[source: Autonews | Photo credit: Brenda Priddy & Co.]