Tiger in the making
THE new mediumsize Porsche SUV will be called the Macan and will be built at the Porsche factory in Leipzig, Germany.
Production is due to start in 2013. The name Macan is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger.
Porsche says Macan combines all sports car characteristics with the benefits of an SUV and is a genuine Porsche.
The Macan is expected to be derived from the platform of the Audi Q5.
Engines are said to include a pair of 3.0-litre V6s including a twin turbo with around 270kw. It is aimed at the Mercedes-benz GLK and the upcoming BMW X4.
As a new addition to the range, Macan is a key pillar of the company’s “Strategy 2018” which is to expand its model portfolio.
Porsche wants the Macan to emulate the success of the Cayenne.
The Leipzig factory is currently being expanded into a fully fledged production plant including body assembly line and paint shop.
It is one of the biggest building projects in the corporate history of Porsche.