Macan will not be an Audi Q5 with a Porsche badge, R&D chief says

Article by Christian A., on October 22, 2012

According to the latest reports from Autocar, it appears that the new Porsche Macan baby SUV will be a completely new car and not just a redesigned Audi Q5. These words came from Porsche’s R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz who also confirmed that the new crossover will make its world debut next year at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Moreover, Hatz also added that despite the fact that it is based on the Audi Q5, the German manufacturer modified every little thing on the Macan. So, everything is new: the engines, transmissions as well as the suspension. We do know that the Porsche Macan will use a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine delivering more than 370 hp.

This engine is based on the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter engine found on the bigger Cayenne but also on the Panamera and capable to deliver 300 hp. Hatz also added that Audi should have no fears that the Macan will steal its customers as the new crossover from Porsche wants to attract different people. What’s more interesting is that the Macan will be the first modern-day Porsche that will use four-cylinder engines. Still, these engines will not be available when the car will be launched.

Meanwhile, the interior of the new Porsche Macan is laden with sophisticated lines and precise transitions. Adding these elements to high-quality workmanship, the Macan’s cabin exudes a wonderful combination of elegance and sportiness as well as quality.

The interior of the new Porsche Macan is fitted with details typically expected of any Porsche car like its low front seats, its display and operation concept, as well as its sloping center console. It is also provided with new features like new multi-function sports steering wheel. Moreover, Porsche is offering customers an array of personalization options.

As expected, the cockpit of the new Macan has the attributes of a Porsche sports car. For instance, the Macan’s standard multi-function sports steering wheel is derived from the 918 Spyder. This steering wheel features a number of multi-function buttons that serve as control for the radio, on-board computer and telephone. In addition, this component features ergonomically positioned shift paddles, which help ensure that the driver’s hand remains on the steering wheel and their eyes stay on the road. Just like all Porsche models, the ignition lock is located to the left of the steering wheel.

On the other hand, the instrument cluster of the new Macan is formed by a centrally positioned tachometer and three round dials. The dash also features a right-hand tube that accommodates the high-resolution, 4.8-inch color display. In addition, the center console of the Macan features a high-set gear selector – just like that of racing cars. Interestingly, the buttons for key functions are grouped logically on the center console, thereby enabling to intuitive yet simple operation of each function.

Furthermore, the new Porsche Macan is provided with sporty and high quality standard equipment, as complemented with the Piano Black interior package and the comfort seats with Alcantara seat center. The Macan Turbo, meanwhile, is provided with adaptive sports seats with 18-way leather power seats with memory package. The Macan Turbo is available with the brushed aluminum interior package. All Macan models could be further customized with optional Dark Burl Walnut and Carbon décors.

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