Close your eyes and imagine a Porsche Cayenne that looks even more graceful, while somehow being less money. Now open your eyes: it was just unveiled.
The Porsche Macan will be the famous automaker’s first foray into the compact sports utility market, and it looks like it will be a good one.
With the Macan, Porsche appears to have checked off every box in the list of things wanted in a luxury compact SUV: Luxury? Check. Features? Check. Style? Duh, it’s a Porsche. Performance? Double duh, it’s a Porsche. Fuel mileage? Check.
The Macan figures to aim at the market currently occupied by the Land Rove Evoque and Audi Q5 (whose platform the Macan shares). But those two will have some catching up to do. Starting with performance, the Macan quickly reminds everyone that it’s a Porsche. Three model lines will be offered initially, starting with the Macan S, which carries a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 making 340 hp that somehow manages 32.5 mpg. Like the pedal to the right a little more than most? There’s also a Macan Turbo, which carries a 3.6-liter turbocharged V-6 that bumps power up to 400 hp, while still maintaining fuel efficiency of 31.7 mpg.
But the Macan we’re most impressed with is the Macan S Diesel, a diesel-powered version of the 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 that gets an unbelievable 46.3 mpg while still mustering 258 hp. And since back end torque is so prevalent in diesel engines, we wouldn’t be too worried about the lack of ponies; the car will fly.
What Porsche seems most pleased about with the Macan is the newest evolution of Porsche Traction Management, its all-wheel drive system. Porsche is sticking true to its roots of dynamic off-road performance. Even purists will agree that Ferdinand Porsche would be proud of this latest incarnation, which is as fitting for the off-road rallies that made 911s famous as it is for the music videos that popularized the Cayenne.
Add in the stunning design – and the classy elegance and luxury – and Porsche may have just created the most complete SUV on the market.
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