The Porsche Macan SUV has been revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. The compact SUV will be a enter a previously uncharted market for Porsche as a competitor to the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar’s forthcoming SUV. The Macan (which derives its name from the Indonesian word for tiger) has a sportier look than the larger Cayenne, with a steeply sloping rear window and slim tail lights. Underneath, the car is based on a new platform that will also be used for the next Audi Q5.
Porsche is introducing the Macan in the vehicle’s sportier S and Turbo trim levels. Standard to both is an all-wheel-drive system, seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and twin-turbocharged V-6 power. The Macan S’ engine is a detuned version of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 in the latest Panamera S, with output now capped at 340 horsepower. The Macan Turbo sports a new twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 good for 400 horsepower. The Australian market will also get a Macan S Diesel.
The Macan is set to roll out in Australia in early 2014 and whilst prices are yet to be confirmed the Macan will become the brand’s most affordable ‘Sports car’ and likely their biggest seller.