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.