2015 Porsche Macan crossover SUV gets official

Porsche has been teasing us with information and undecipherable images of its baby SUV, the Porsche Macan, through a nicely put-up marketing campaign but we expected the company to give us a preview before its official debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Motor Show this evening. And they have obliged! Porsche today released the first set of exclusive pictures of Macan on its official Facebook page. Straightaway, we can see the resemblance with its bigger sibling, Porsche Cayenne. The smaller Porsche SUV looks like a more compact and sportier edition of the Cayenne with lower and slopping roofline and the more raked rear window. The slim taillights, similar to the ones on Porsche 918, are a nice addition to the package and blends well with the smaller profile.

In terms of dimensions, the Macan measures 4,680mm long, 1,920mm wide and 1,620mm tall. It is built on the five year old Audi Q5 platform. When launched, the Macan crossover will become the most affordable Porsche on offer and the company cautiously estimates to sell 50,000-60,000 per year. Judging by the popularity of Cayenne, it might even exceed 75,000 units per year mark, which means it’ll represent majority of the volume of all Porsches. The initial Macan line-up consists of a trio powered by V6 engines: the Macan Turbo, Macan S and Macan Diesel S – all featuring a seven speed dual clutch gearbox and permanent four-wheel drive as standard. The pricing for the Macan S is expected to start from $50,000, with the Turbo model tipping $70,000. It’ll hit the dealerships by Q2 next year.

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