At this year’s LA Auto Show one of the most anticipated reveals was that of the Porsche Macan. The crossover (or compact SUV) at first glance appears very similar to the larger Cayenne SUV, but in a smaller package. The vehicle should also hit a lower price point. The high performance family carrier will be offered in S and Turbo trims.
The styling of the Macan is very similar to that of the Cayenne. The average person will probably only notice the difference when the vehicles are parked next to each other. While the lines of the crossover are similar to the Cayenne, it does feature a more aggressive looking front facia and is a smaller package than the SUV.
The interior of the Porsche Macan is very similar to that of other modern Porsches. The quality of the interior is topnotch, especially when the full leather option is chosen. The steering wheel is very sporty like that in the 911 and is available with paddle shifters. The center console features plenty of buttons that can be overwhelming at first, but over time having everything available at the push of a single button proves to be an advantage.
Both the S and Turbo models feature V-6 twin turbocharged engines. The big difference between the two engines are that the Macan S features a 3.0-liter engine versus a 3.6-liter engine for the Turbo model.
This equates to the S model putting out 340 horsepower versus 400 horsepower for the Turbo. Both models are only available with the PDK transmission. The two working together results in a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.0 seconds in the S model and 4.4 seconds for the Turbo model when equipped with the Sports Chrono package.
Official pricing will be released closer to the Macan’s release to the public.
If you like the looks of the Cayenne, but would like a compact SUV that should be less expensive then the Macan may be right for you. It promises to give its driver a sports car feel but in a vehicle that can haul the kids around town.
Porsche is celebrating the world premiere of the Macan crossover utility vehicle at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new model is the automaker’s fifth model line and first entry in the compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) segment. Macan makes a striking impression from the very beginning: dramatic acceleration and braking figures, impressive engine power, extreme agility, and optimum steering precision. What’s more, all of these features are combined with a high level of comfort and everyday drivability. Alongside the Macan, Porsche is celebrating the premiere of new open-top models from the 911 model line, the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet. The Los Angeles Auto Show will also provide the stage for North American debuts of the new Panamera Turbo S and Turbo S Executive grand touring sedans, new top range versions of the Panamera model line, and the plug-in hybrid super sports car, the 918 Spyder.