Porsche is set to expand its SUV lineup with a new smaller model called the Macan.
It will join the controversial Cayenne – a car that has largely borne the brunt of eco-conscious 4×4 bashing thanks to its in-your-face demeanour and range of hugely powerful and thirsty petrol engines.
This hasn’t stopped it being a runaway success for the Stuttgart manufacturer, though it has rounded the car’s appeal by offering more frugal diesel and hybrid models.
Now Porsche is hoping to repeat the sales phenomenon with the smaller Macan, which will go head-to-head with rivals the Audi SQ5, BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque.
Indeed, the marque is confident that the Macan will become its best-selling model ever.
While it will eventually come with efficient and cheap(ish) to run four-cylinder diesel engines, Porsche aficionados will be glad to hear a 400bhp twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine will top the range.
Styling-wise the Macan will be a leaner, fitter version of the somewhat porky Cayenne. It is likely to have a strong aesthetic link to the 911 sports car, and is likely to be offered in both three and five-door guises.
Currently there is no word on exactly when the Macan will reach UK showrooms, though prices are expected to start at around £36,000 for an entry-level six-cylinder model.
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