About a decade ago, Porsche caused a scandal when it veered away from it's high performance sports cars and created a people mover called the Cayenne. That mid-sized crossover was a hit for the company, and now Porsche AG is doing it all over again.
Introducing the company's new compact crossover, the #2015 Porsche Macan.
The Macan is expected to deliver the Porsche brand into the hands of the people. It will be an actually useful vehicle, and available at a price some of those not in the 1 percent can afford. Those who predict such things are already projecting U.S. Macan sales of 10,185 in 2014 and 16,438 in 2015. The Porsche Cayenne sold a record 15,545 units in the U.S. during 2012.
The small premium crossover market is booming right now, and Porsche's timing could not be better. The segment is expected to see sales jump from 204,472 units in 2013 to 289,202 units in 2015. Also jumping on board are Cadillac, Lexus and Lincoln, while the segment is currently dominated by Acura, Audi and BMW.
The 2015 Porsche Macan will share the same platform as the Audi Q5, but the similarities end there. While both have a 110.5 inch wheelbase, the Macan is wider, lower and longer with a different powertrain and choice of three suspensions. The base engine will be a four-cylinder turbo, but Porsche is discussing a pair of twin-turbo V6 engines that may be available at product launch. Porsche has not offered a four cylinder engine since the early 1990s.
The Macan will come standard with Porsche's Traction Management all wheel drive and PDK seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Just as with most Porsches, the Macan's wheels will be staggered, it's 19 inch rear wheels being a touch wider than those on the front.
Design wise, it's unmistakably a Porsche, it's sloping roofline, and the shape of it's headlamps, taillights and air intakes leave no doubt. The 2015 Porsche Macan will start at about $50,000 U.S. once it hits showrooms.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca