It’s no secret that Porsche has been planning a compact crossover to slot beneath the Porsche Cayenne for some time. It’s also no secret that it’s going to be called the Porsche Macan, named after a kind of tiger instead of a pepper.
We’ve seen prototypes testing for some time, yet Porsche has been silent on when it’s actually going to go on sale, or how much it will cost. According to Auto Express, we at least have a few more details on the latest Porsche. According to the publication, the Macan is set to break cover at November’s Los Angeles Auto Show, which means it will be mere months away from going on sale after that.
Like the Cayenne is to the Audi Q7, the Porsche Macan will be related to the Audi Q5, but there should be plenty of changes to differentiate it from its corporate cousin. Auto Express is claiming that with extensive use of aluminum, the Macan may weigh about 300 pounds less than the Q5. It will also have a completely unique interior, exterior, and good chunk of components under the sheetmetal. Auto Express says to expect a unique line of V-6 engines at first that should provide typical Porsche performance, but a four-cylinder will be added later. We hope Porsche delivers because driving the Audi Q5 is nothing to write home about.
As for the price, Auto Express says it estimates that it will cost £36,000, but we know converting currency is a bit of a fallacy for finding prices. A better estimate would be about three quarters of a base Cayenne’s price, or somewhere in the low to mid $40,000 range, putting it above the Q5 and below the nearly $50,000 commanded by the V-6 Cayenne in the U.S.
Unlike what will be its most direct competitor, the Range Rover Evoque, Porsche reportedly wants to keep the Macan a little more limited and more of a performance vehicle than a fashion accessory. Somehow, if we were to take all of Auto Express’ report at face value, this part would be the least believable part. We’ll know for certain soon enough.
Source: Auto Express