Porsche held the world premiere of the much-awaited Macan compact SUV at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Porsche Macan is the second SUV from the German sports car maker since the Cayenne debuted in 2002. The Macan is based on the VW MLB platform which also underpins the Audi Q5, but carries Porsche styling and DNA.
The Porche Macan is available in three variants, the Macan S, Macan S Diesel and the top-spec Macan Turbo. Both gas-powered variants will be turbocharged, however the ‘S’ variant gets a lesser 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo capable of 340 PS, while the ‘Turbo’ gets a 3.6-liter V6 twin-turbo capable of 400 PS. The ‘S Diesel’ meanwhile gets a 3.0-liter V6 diesel capable of 258 PS, it sports figures similar to the TDI clean diesel quattro Q5; but Porsche claims it to be an upgraded version of the diesel engine found in the Cayenne. All engines will be mated to PDK seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions, and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive system. All variants come with Sport mode for a more dynamic engine management setting.
Despite being based on the Q5, the styling of the Macan is unmistakably Porsche up front but can’t help but notice the Audi elements infused with Porsche styling at the back. Overall, it features a low, broad profile projecting elegance and powerful dynamism. It will also feature a mixed-width tire configuration with wider rears offering both visual and functional benefits. The Macan borrows its name from the Indonesian word for tiger, unlike its bigger sibling, which borrows its name from the Cayenne pepper.
The interior features low front seats and sloping center console, a new multi-function steering wheel based on the 918 Spyder, center-mounted tach, and paddle shifters to emphasize its sporting character. The ‘S’ will feature a Piano Black interior with Alcantara trimmed seats, while the ‘Turbo’ gets leather adaptive sport seats and a brushed aluminum interior package.
The standard Porsche Traction Management combines active all-wheel drive, electronic multi-plate clutch, automatic brake differential (ABD) and Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) together to deliver the fastest response time. While the rear wheels are always engaged, the system can automatically channel 100% of necessary torque to the front wheels when necessary via the multi-plate clutch.
A standard off-road mode can be activated with the touch of a button for an on-the-fly off-road traction oriented programming of vehicle functions like shift points, torque split ratio of front and rear axles, and pre-tensioning of the clutch. A downhill assist mode can also be activated with the press of another button on the center console. Ground clearance can also be increased by 40mm if the optional air suspension is installed.
Optional performance technologies available for the Macan are Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) for better drivability on and off road, Sports Chrono for enhanced performance from the standard Sports mode with lap timer, and (Turbo variant standard) Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).
Dynamic performance requires equally dynamic stopping power. The Macan is equipped with six-piston monoblock front calipers are standard up front with the S models getting 350mm front discs and 330mm rear discs, while the Turbo gets larger 360mm front discs and 356mm rear discs.
All versions come with electronic parking brakes. In conjunction with the Porsche Stability Management System (PSM), multi-collision brakes are integrated as a brake assist system to reduce residual kinetic energy in the event of a collision.
Safety features come in the form of the Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with Porsche Active Safe (PAS) and optional lane departure warning and lane change assist.
For entertainment, a premium audio system is standard with a Burmester or Bose audio upgrade available.
The Porsche Macan will be made in their Leipzig factory following an investment of €500M for a new production line with a 50,000 vehicles per year capacity and is expected to debut in the Philippines between mid to late 2014.