The 2014 Porsche Macan is a long way away from an official debut sometime next year, but Porsche wants it to be known the Macan won’t be an Audi Q5 with a Porsche badge stuck on.
According to a report in the U.K.’s Autocar, Porsche research and design chief Wolfgang Hatz has said though the two crossovers share a lot of technology—Porsche is basing the Macan on the Audi Q5—the two will be dynamically different. Hatz said the Macan is “not a Q5 with a Porsche hat on. Everything has been modified. Engines, transmissions, suspension — it’s all new. Audi can’t believe what we’ve done.”
We drove the Audi Q5 a few months ago, and while we found it a good, capable crossover to get around town, it wasn’t as engaging as we expected. The 2014 Porsche Macan should fall in line with Porsche’ s performance inspired vehicles. But surprisingly, the automaker will give the Macan a four-cylinder engine at some point. Hatz confimed the use of a smaller, more fuel-efficient engine. “Not from the beginning, but in the medium to long term, for sure.”
The Macan forms part of a logical growth of the Porsche range, as the automaker looks to expand its offerings in the coming years. The 2014 Porsche Macan will make its official debut at next year’s Frankfurt International Motor Show.