|Porsche today unleashed the ‘new class’ variant, the Macan Compact SUV. The name ‘Macan’ has been derived from the derivative of an Indonesian tiger, according to the Stuttgart Sports car makers.|
At a glance, the all-new Macan looks rather similar to Porsche’s larger SUV, the Cayenne. From the first photos, only the rear of the Macan has its own elements. The Macan inherits a softer profile of the 911’s rear wings, amidst the side view window graphics and sloping roof line. From the rear, the large one-piece or untouched area gives the vehicle a broader look. To maintain this clean look, the switch for the powerlift tailgate has been concealed at the foot of the windscreen wiper arm, and the number plate is located in the lower rear area.
All-new Porsche Macan incorporates new elements to the front and side
The front headlights; DRL (Daytime running light), 4-point LED for the Turbo and Dynamic Light System enabled; consist of projector halogens, with Bi-Xenons as options, standard for the Macan Turbo. For the LED rear lights, a 3-D effect has been instilled. The rear diffuser is flanked on both sides by twin tailpipes – round on the Macan S and Macan S Diesel and square on the Turbo. All Macans are available with sport tailpipes made from chrome-plated stainless steel as an option.
A further striking design detail of the Macan is its continuous side sill. Together with the long black roof spoiler, this feature adds to the vehicle’s flowing design. The mixed tyres are up to 265 mm wide on the front axle and 295 mm wide on the rear axle. Alongside wheels of up to 21 inches, the tyres also under line the Macan’s sporty intentions. Also, among the exterior highlights include the sideblades at the bottom of the front and rear doors, with the Macan Turbo’s sideblades in body paint color, and the Macan S and S Diesel’s sideblades are Lava Black. The sideblades are also valid in Genuine Carbon, available for the entire line-up as an option.
The all-new Porsche Macan’s interior is all about sophisticated lines, precise transitions and high-quality materials. From the low front seats, the sloping center console and the display and operation concept through to the extensive range of customization options, the interior offers both a sense of familiarity and striking new features, such as the new multi-function sports steering wheel. More details when the Macan arrives here at the end of the second quarter next year.
The all-new Porsche Macan in three engine options
A 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine, paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, makes up 340 bhp (250 kW) on the Macan S. This compact SUV can achieve 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (or 5.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package fitted). The vehicle reaches a top speed of 254 km/h, and its NEDC fuel consumption figures are between 9.0 and 8.7 liters/100 km, which corresponds to a CO2 emissions level of between 212 and 204 g/km. The 258 hp diesel version gives better consumption and emissions figures at 6.1 – 6.3l/100 km and 159 – 164 g/km, though 0 – 100 km/h is slower in 6.3 seconds and top speed at 230 km/h. The top flight Macan Turbo utilizes a 3.6l V6 to unleash 400 bhp and get from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8s (4.6s with sports chrono). Although the top speed is a bit more than the standard Macan at 266 km/h, the Macan Turbo delivers a slight better NEDC fuel consumption figures of between just 9.2 and 8.9l/100 km, which equates to a CO2 value of between 216 and 208 g/km.
The range of equipment fitted on the Macan as standard is extensive, and includes the all-wheel drive, PDK, multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles, large wheels, high-performance audio system and an electrically operated tailgate.
The list of optional special equipment offers further highlights, such as the air suspension system, which the Macan features as the only vehicle in its segment. There is also the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system, which has been specially tailored to the Macan. Lastly, the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) is also one of the most sought after optional equipment.
The all-new Porsche Macan is scheduled to arrive on domestic shores at the end of Q2 2014.