Tiger in the mak­ing

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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.

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