Behold the 2015 Porsche Macan — the fifth model in the German brand’s ever-growing vehicle lineup. The Macan is a compact crossover that Porsche is touting as “the first sports car in the fast-growing compact SUV segment”.
The Macan S will be offered with two engine options (at least at launch): Porsche’s 340 horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine motivates the Macan S from 0 to 60 MPH in a brisk 5.0 seconds, while the Macan Turbo cradles Porsche’s larger 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 making 400 horses, enabling it to complete the sprint to 60 in an even-faster 4.4 seconds.
“The Macan possesses all the qualities that have made compact SUVs so popular around the world: a practical, flexible interior; the visibility and sense of security that comes with extra ride height; and the ability to traverse rough roads with ease,“ said Matthias Mueller, President of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “The Macan’s agility, grip and steering precision are easily the best in class – and the 400-horsepower Macan Turbo is certainly the most powerful in its segment,“ he added.
Macans will begin arriving at U.S. dealerships in late spring of 2014. Pricing will start at $49,900 for the Macan S and $72,300 for the Macan Turbo.
Just by studying the Macan’s proportions and stance, some might notice a general resemblance to the Audi Q5. And they won’t be wrong: the Macan is based on the Q5, just like the midsize Porsche Cayenne is based on the Audi Q7. The relationship makes sense, given that both Audi and Porsche are part of the Volkswagen Auto Group. And that brings us to what’s been on our collective minds here at Motrolix for a while now: will the Macan become Porsche’s new best-seller?
Given that it only took the Cayenne a few years to match and then eclipse sales of the 911, which is the definition of the Porsche brand, the more attainable Macan should have no problem accomplishing that feat, thereby ensuring that Porsche continues making such low-selling sports cars as the 911, Cayman, and Boxster. So, any takers as to how long it will take the Macan to become Porsche’s most-sold model? Sound off in the comments just below.