Following on from the spy shots we brought you in May, these latest images show that the Porsche Macan is nearing the end of its punishing test schedule. Porsche’s ‘mini-Cayenne’ is shown in less camouflage than before as it takes to the snow in Scandinavia. Although we expect the compact SUV to resemble the Cayenne, its look will change from the shape seen here. Much of the grille, light cluster and front bumper have been covered by Cayenne parts in an effort to keep the car under wraps.
The new Porsche is based on the Audi Q5 and even uses their rival’s V-6 powerplant. But this is more than an Q5 in new clothes. The new Porsche will be positioned under the Cayenne in the model line-up. Think of it as the equal of the Cayman in the German marque’s pecking order as the job the Cayman does to support the 911, the Macan will do for the Cayenne when it’s released in 2014.
Along with the V-6, power will be provided by a newly designed 4-cylinder 2-litre with 220 hp. As well as these engines, TDI and TSI engines will also be part of the range so drivers will have up to 380 hp available to them. A Macan Turbo is expected and a hybrid model will follow within the first two years of production.
New rendering dedicated to Macan, the new Porsche compact SUV, expected on the market for 2014: the latest spy photos helped the guys at Psgarage to create this nice rendered interpretation of the model. Both the style of the headlights and the outline of the vehicle have been strongly influenced by the Porsche Cayenne design. Because of its contained size it’s not too risky to define the Macan as a “baby Cayenne”.
So what’s under the bonnet? The Macan will boast a 4-cylinder 2.0-litre TFSI engine with output of 240 hp, and a new 3.0-litre V6 with output rated between 300 and 370 hp. The diesel range should include the well-known 6-cylinder 3-litre unit with outputs of 190 and 250 hp. A hybrid version of the Macan is also expected, with technology borrowed from the Cayenne Hybrid.
And finally here it is: the Porsche Macan, the new baby SUV from the German sportscar manufacturer based on the same platform that generated the Audi Q5. Check it out as this is not a regular ‘mule’: this is it, the real deal, the almost definitive version of the car, spotted in its full body for the first time. They tried to fool our photographers by hiding it with a light camouflage, to make it look loke bigger brother the Cayenne, but they did not succeed.
Although the Macan will share its platform with the Q5, Porsche will fine tune the chassis and also give the Macan better brakes and other wheels. Power will come from petrol and diesel engines supplied by Audi, but Porsche will fine tune them too, so that the Macan will boast higher power figures than the Q5.
An hybrid version of the car will also be made available with a 2.0-litre TFSI unit delivering 210 hp combined with a 44 hp electric motor. That will help Porsche to come closer to the average CO2 goal of 130 g/km that all car manufacturers need to reach by 2015. The Porsche Macan will be launched with four doors initially, but later on there might be a sportier looking two door version as well.
View the full Porsche Macan spy shots gallery
Porsche releases an official video teaser dedicated to its new SUV model whose name has just been revealed: it will be called Macan, which means ‘Tiger’ in Indonesian language, an announcement that puts an end to the speculation that the car was going to be called ‘Cajun‘. The car will become the sixth model in Porsche’s line up and will be produced at Porsche’s plant in Lipsia, starting in 2013.
“The Macan combines all the characteristics of a sports car with the benefits of a SUV and is a genuine Porsche - said global sales and marketing chief, Mr. Bernhard Maier - The name of a new Porsche has to fit with the brand, sound good in very many languages and dialects and evoke positive associations.” The Macan will share its platform with the Audi Q5, along with most of its powertrains, and in the plans of the Stuttgart-based carmaker it will hopefully emulate the success of the Cayenne. The pictures below come from the last set of spy shots we received of this model a while ago, when it was still wearing a misleading Q5 bodywork.