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Will The Porsche Macan Live Up To The Brand Pedigree?

Will The Porsche Macan Live Up To The Brand Pedigree?

Will The Porsche Macan Live Up To The Brand Pedigree?
December 03
18:43 2013

Porsche Macan was finally unveiled at the LA Auto Show. While naysayers believe it will be just another small SUV and blame Porsche for making compromises for the sake of profits, the German manufacturer promises that the Macan will be a true sports car.

The Porsche Macan is based on the new Audi Q5, but this doesn’t mean that the Porsche will be just a rebadged, more luxurious Audi. Three quarters of the platform was re-designed by Porsche engineers. Audi engineers are well-known for their meticulous approach, and we can only guess what Porsche could improve on the Audi platform.

The Porsche Macan is a bit wider and slightly shorter compared to the Audi Q5. However, it still shares many of Audi’s components, including its all-wheel drive system. On the other hand, the brake system is completely different from the Audi Q5, and the suspension is also heavily modified.

There is a wide range of engines available for the Porsche Macan. There will be at least one diesel and a hybrid powertrain, but enthusiasts will also be able to enjoy two mighty gasoline engines. There will be a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four with 237 horsepower, and a supercharged V-6 with 288-hp.

Most Porsche Macans will come with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, but those who miss the old-school stick shifter will be able to choose a seven-speed manual.

The interior will be totally different from the Audio Q5. Most of the cabin, including the center console, will be shared with the new Porsche Boxster. The Porsche Macan is a very important model for the German manufacturer: if successful, it can help Porsche to break away from its exclusive, low-series sports car image.

Porsche Macan will face a stiff competition, though. The Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and Mercedes-Benz GLK are excellent cars, and it remains to be seen whether the Porsche Macan will be an interesting option in this segment.

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