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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:40 am    Post subject: Porsche Macan release date and UK pricing from £36k Reply with quote

Porsche Macan price expected to start at £36,000, release date spring 2014

The Porsche Macan SUV is about to burst the Range Rover Evoque bubble. In our latest spy pictures, if you clean up a few of the edges and shrink the lights a bit, ayou can see the production version of the Porsche Macan.

The front end is inspired by the Cayenne, but at the rear we’re expecting a set of thin lights like those on the latest 911. The final car will also wear Macan badging that will sit on the bootlid. It will be officially revealed at November’s Los Angeles Motor Show, before a spring 2014 release date, and will be produced at an enlarged factory in Leipzig, Germany.

Porsche has previously told us the Macan will share a few chassis parts with the Audi Q5, but that we should expect unique suspension, new engines and a button-heavy interior similar to the 911’s. This will mean a weight saving of 130kg over the Q5 – more than the reduction the Audi A3 and other compact VW Group models achieved by adopting the MQB platform.

As with the Q5, the Macan will also be exclusively four-wheel drive from launch. Although the engine line-up has yet to be confirmed, Porsche is likely to use a range of six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, with four-cylinder versions appearing later in the car’s life cycle.

Following the pattern set by other models in the line-up, sportier S and Hybrid versions are likely, but expect a morelimited engine range than with the larger and more expensive Cayenne.

A Porsche insider confirmed that although the car would share some chassis parts with the Q5, the new engines, suspension tuning and interior architecture would all be unique to the Macan. That means a cabin layout similar to that in the latest 911 and Panamera, with a row of switches either side of the gearlever.

Styling will reflect the Macan’s sporty intentions, with “all the usual Porsche design cues”, as our images show. Tapered rear lights are inspired by the latest 911, but the wide front grille, large bumpers and strong stance are retained from the Cayenne. With the Macan’s rivals already well established, and new cars like the low-slung BMW X4 just round the corner, Porsche is also keen to “make a conscious effort to avoid it becoming a fashion item”. So the Macan will be more exclusive, with “a significantly lower sales volume” than the big-selling Evoque.

Once the Leipzig plant is up to speed, there will be no extra capacity for other model lines, so cars such as the much-rumoured Pajun saloon are still several years away. But Porsche claims it’ll be keeping a close eye on the progress of the Maserati Ghibli to assess the potential of this BMW 5 Series-sized model.

Finally, our source added that the Macan will cost significantly less than the Cayenne, which starts at £45,000. This points to a price of around £36,000 once the car reaches dealers, which would be a similar percentage increase over the Q5 to the premium the Cayenne commands over the mechanically similar Audi Q7.
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