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Cayenne’s lit­tle brother spot­ted test­ing at the Nür­bur­gring; looks good for year-end launch

Porsche’s al­ready large

model line-up has been grow­ing at a dizzy­ing rate over the last few years, with SUVs, diesels and hy­brids all join­ing the count­less vari­ants of each model. Now the Ger­man car­maker is set to add two new mod­els. One is the 918 Spy­der we tested a few weeks ago and the other is the all-new cross­over, the Ma­can, that will join the SUV range be­low the Cayenne.

Ex­pected to be on sale early next year, the Ma­can has been spot­ted test­ing at the Nür­bur­gring and on Ger­man roads last week, sug­gest­ing a global launch some­time to­wards the end of this year. Just as the Cayenne is based on the Touareg plat­form, the Ma­can will share its next-gen­er­a­tion MLB un­der­pin­nings with an­other cross­over from the Volk­swa­gen group, the Audi Q5. That means the cross­over will mea­sure around 4,500mm long, 1,900mm wide and 1,600mm high, mak­ing it con­sid­er­ably smaller than the Cayenne. How­ever, the styling is more than just in­spired by the big­ger brother, as you can make out from th­ese spyshots, it’s vir­tu­ally a shrunken ver­sion of the Cayenne.

Be­ing a cru­cial model in at­tract­ing a wider cus­tomer base to the brand, the Ma­can’s pow­er­train range is also ex­pected to be ex­ten­sive. A new twin-tur­bocharged V6 with around 370bhp is likely to power the top-of-the-range Ma­can Turbo, while a tur­bocharged four-cylin­der is also ru­moured to be in the works. If so, it will be the first time in nearly two decades that a four-cylin­der pow­er­plant is used in a Porsche af­ter the 968 way back in 1995.

And be­ing a Porsche SUV, it’s also ex­pected to come loaded with fea­tures such as a sport­tuned sus­pen­sion, torque­sens­ing and torque-vec­tor­ing dif­fer­en­tials and a PDK gear­box.

A four-cylin­der engine is ex­pected to re­turn to the Porsche range af­ter nearly two decades The Ma­can is likely to get an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion

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