Porsche Plans on Unveiling the Macan SUV Fall 2014
|   Monday, July 15, 2013
The highly awaited Porsche Macan is ready to be unveiled after a waiting period of nearly 12 months. Porsche also hopes that this vehicle is the new bestseller and estimates an annual sale nearing 55,000 units. This new compact SUB from Porsche has the potential to hit an annual sales target of 75,000 units. Although much of the specifications are yet to be revealed, the company has revealed that a 3.0 liter petrol powered V6 engine displacing 400 BHP will be powering the range topping version.


The prices for the entry level vehicles are expected to begin at £36,000 for the V6 models while the 2.0 liter turbo charged four cylinder petrol and diesel engines will be placed higher than the absolute entry level. The Porsche Macan has been set to be the first four cylinder powered car since the 968.

Although the car has been spotted testing on several occasions, severe camouflage was present on every occasion. However, experts managed to notice that the front and side panels of the car are heavily inspired from the Porsche 911 although the tail and the rear end of the vehicle are redesigned. Porsche will be designing both three and five door variants of the Macan although it has not been confirmed whether both versions will be available simultaneously.

Porsche claims that the Macan is a complete vehicle and will appeal to the customers both due to its space and refinement. Considering the fact that this is a Porsche, the performance will have to be at an all time high and this could mean more competition in the sports SUV segment. The car drives exceedingly well although an on road test was not conducted by impartial sources. However, Porsche is not likely to exaggerate on their claims and hence they can be safely trusted.

The Porsche Macan shares its underpinnings with the Audi R8 along with the MLB platform although engineers at Porsche are confident that their modifications will give their vehicle a unique appeal. Even though the R8 and the Macan are built on very similar platforms, the cars are very different and this is what gives it their characteristic appeal.

Porsche however claims that they will be designing just all wheel drive platform based cars while a front wheel driven option will be offered initially. A wide range of transmission systems will be available on the car and the list includes a seven speed automatic transmission system as well as an optional six speed manual transmission system. The car uses a wider track up front as compared to the Audi R8 and this is the primary distinguishing factor.

Although the Macan is quite ready for production, the first batch will not be available at least or the next few months. Porsche has yet to reveal an official launch date for the Macan and this has sparked rumors that this SUV will take some time before it is officially available across showrooms. Pricing on the top end models also remains undisclosed at the moment.
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