Porsche has released teaser images of its forthcoming Macan SUV, ahead of its official debut at the Los Angeles motor show next month.

The new compact sports 4×4 will go head to head with sportier versions of the Audi Q5 and BMW X1, but like its Cayenne big brother, is likely to offer a more involving driving experience.

It largely follows the design theme of the larger Cayenne, too, with a gaping front grille, sloping roofline and similar light clusters front and rear.

Specification details have yet to be fully confirmed but the Macan is expected to be offered with a range of 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. A plug-in hybrid with ultra-low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions may also join the line-up.

Topping the range will be the Turbo model, likely to be fitted with a twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine, developing around 400bhp.

The Macan will be offered with Porsche’s excellent PDK twin-clutch automatic transmissions, alongside a conventional manual option. Power will be sent to all-four wheels, with the majority being sent to the rear axle for a more dynamic drive in normal road conditions.

The Porsche Macan goes into production in December, with the first customer cars expected for delivery early next year.

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Daljinder Nagra


October 18, 2013

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