Porsche’s baby Cayenne has been given a name, and it’s called the Macan – the Indonesian word for tiger. A teaser video posted on YouTube has also revealed our first glimpse of the all-new SUV.
Expected to be based on the Audi Q5 – though with bespoke suspension, damper and brake components – the Macan “combines all sports car characteristics with the benefits of a SUV”, according to Bernhard Maier, member of the Executive Board Sales and Marketing of Porsche.
Visually, the Macan is expected to be lower and shorter than the Audi SUV but around 90mm wider, helping to give it a road-hugging profile. The front lights bear a close resemblance to the units fitted to the Cayenne, while the rear gets narrow wraparound tail lights similar to those fitted to the new 911.
Inside, the four-seater cabin promises more luxury than the Q5. The centre console will be set higher, to cocoon the driver and give the car a small and nimble feel. Plus, the Panamera-inspired dash design and switchgear, set to appear in the new Boxster and Cayman, will ensure the model looks like a true Porsche.
No information concerning engines and performance has been released but expect to see a pair of four-cylinder variants kicking off the range: a 237bhp 2.0-litre petrol turbo and a 188bhp 2.0-litre TDI. Top-spec cars will get either a 3.0-litre TFSI petrol V6, producing 328bhp, or 3.0 TDI with 237bhp and 550Nm of torque. Flagship Macans are expected to cover 0-62mph in less than six seconds.
Porsche has revealed that the Macan will be rolling off the production line in Leipzig in 2013, so expect to see it on sale at the very beginning of that year. It will be priced between the Q5 and Cayenne, which start from £27,980 and £41,404 respectively.