Porsche Macan spied

19 Jul, 2012 1:04pm Sam Hardy

New Porsche Macan spy pictures give us the best look yet at Porsche's sub-Cayenne model

These are the best pictures yet of the new Porsche Macan – a brand new SUV from the German automaker, which will sit underneath the Cayenne.

As you can see from this barely disguised prototype, there’s not much difference in the look of the two SUVs, but the Macan is generally curvier with a more steeply raked rear windscreen. It’ll also get a larger front grille and longer overhangs.

Under the skin lies a heavily modified platform from the Audi Q5, with the steering and suspension tuned to be far more sporty. Engines will be carried over from the Q5 line-up, meaning a 2.0-litre turbo petrol, a 2.0-litre TDI diesel and a 3.0-litre TDI diesel will feature.

A Macan Turbo is expected too fitted with a new 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, producing around 350bhp. Buyers will get the choice of a manual gearbox or Porsche’s own PDK twin-clutch transmission.

Porsche will build the new Macan alongside the Cayenne at its factory in Leipzig, Germany, although there is also the possibility that some production will also take place in the US, where the Macan will be a big seller.

Expect to see the new model at the Paris Motor Show in September, with UK sales kicking off in early 2013, priced from around £40,000.