Porsche’s small SUV just got its official name: Macan! That’s right folks the Porsche Cajun became the Macan! According to the German manufacturer the name Macan is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger and promises to combine suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics. Moreover, the new Macan will be Porsche’s fifth model line and is part of Strategy 2018, by which the sports car manufacturer wishes to expand its model portfolio.
Porsche says that the new Macan will start coming off the production lines in Leipzig in 2013 and it will create more than 1,000 new jobs.
The German carmaker will invest 500 million euro in order to expand its plant in Saxony. Porsche also explained the names of its vehicles: Boxster name describes the combination of boxer engine and roadster, Cayenne stands for sharpness, the Cayman is snappy and agile and a Panamera is more than a Gran Turismo, capable also of winning the Carrera Panamericana long-distance race.
“The Macan combines all sports car characteristics with the benefits of a SUV and is a genuine Porsche”, said Bernhard Maier, Member of the Executive Board Sales and Marketing of Porsche AG. “The name of a new Porsche has to fit with the brand, sound good in very many languages and dialects and evoke positive associations.”
Up front, the new Macan features large air intakes, something that a Porsche cannot afford not to have as a distinctive element. The air intakes in the Macan Turbo come with C-blades stylistic elements both on the left and right flanks for a more sophisticated aerodynamic response.
The front end is also marked by a wraparound bonnet that encloses the headlights and extends down to Macan’s wheel arches. With its impressive size – as highlighted by precision lines flowing to the front and seamless surface – the bonnet lends the Macan a wide, powerful yet clean appearance.
When viewed from the sides, the Macan reveals a sharp profile as defined by its sporty sloping as well as by design lines flowing to the rear. These design lines also help highlight the Macan’s broad, sculpted wings. In addition, these lines – along with the window graphics and the shape of the D-pillar – pay tribute to the sportily elegant design of the Porsche 911.
The sides of the Macan are also accentuated by the so-called side-blades placed at the bottom of the front and rear doors. These side-blades – which are dynamically formed inserts that could also be availed in different materials – feature a design similar to the lower door seams on the 918 Spyder. These side-blades as well as front door entry guard and the sophisticated door handles make the doors look narrower.
They also make sides sportier and more streamlined. These side-blades are finished – as standard -- in Lava Black on the Macan S and Macan S Diesel. They are finished in body color in the Macan Turbo. However, buyers of the Macan S and Macan S Diesel could optionally have these side-blades finished in body color. Macan buyers may also avail of carbon fiber side-blades.