Last Wednesday, Autoweek spotted the camouflaged Porsche Macan roaming the street during a vehicle testing. During its vehicle testing, the car is covered by the manufacturer’s cheap camouflage. In fact, its headlights, taillights and strip towards the rear are stickers. Previously known as Project Cajun, the vehicles will have the same Audi Q5 platform.
The 2014 Porsche Macan Uncovered
It was in February when the automaker revealed that the SUV will carry the Macan nameplate, an Indonesian word for “Tiger.” The automaker also stated that the vehicle “combines suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics.”
Considered as the smaller version of Cayenne, it is expected that the car will feature better performance and acceleration because of the weight reduction. It has a larger central grille, no creases on the hood, a sloped back and longer overhangs.
In addition, the basic Macan version will sport 4-cylinder gasoline engine, which is a first since the 968 went out of production. With 220 horsepower, this will allow the SUV to reach speed limits of up to 220 km/hour, and acceleration of 0-100 within eight seconds.
Porsche Macan Versions
The Porsche Macan S will have a similar engine system as the Cayenne. It will have a V6 3.6-liter engine that produces 299 hp, while the Macan Turbo will have a 7-speed V6 3-liter engine with 375 hp gearbox.
It was also reported that the vehicle will have a diesel and hybrid version. Just like the Porsche Panamera, the Macan diesel version will have two models namely 2.0 TDI with 193 hp and 3.0 TDI V6 with 253 hp. However, it is yet to be known whether the hybrid version will materialize.
Pricing and Availability
Although there were no words yet with regards to the pricing of Porsche Macan, it is safe to say that it won’t exceed the cost of Cayenne. The basic Cayenne model is priced at $48,000 while its S Hybrid version costs $69,000. On the other hand, the Cayenne Turbo is tagged at over $100,000.
It is believed that the 2014 SUV will be available in South American countries like Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. In addition, the vehicle will also be sold in Europe. Announced to be built at Porsche’s Leipzig, Germany plant, production of the Macan will start on fall of 2013. In relation to this, the car manufacturer is spending $650 million to expand the said plant, adding a body shop and paint shop.