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Porsche grows its model range - Porsche Macan


PORSCHE has been on the offensive lately by launching a barrage of new models. The new Macan has now had its turn, having its world premiere at both the Tokyo and Los Angeles motor shows. The Macan is the sixth model in the Porsche range.

This new model will be available in three versions from launch. The Macan S features a 250kW 3.0-litre V6 while the Turbo has a 298kW 3.6-litre V6. Customers can also opt for a turbocharged 192kW diesel. All these engines are coupled with Porsche’s PDK twin-clutch automatic transmission and are set to deliver new standards of performance. Technical highlights include Porsche Traction Management and active all-wheel-drive. The highly efficient six-cylinder engines provide powerful propulsion while achieving favourable fuel-consumption figures.

As the first Porsche in the compact SUV segment, the Macan will set new standards in terms of dynamic performance on both paved streets and uneven terrain. This is because it combines the typical handling characteristics Porsche has represented right from the outset. The sporting DNA of the Macan, as with all Porsche vehicles, is immediately recognisable in the design with several styling cues being taken from other Porsche sports cars and then enhanced in the Macan. It is therefore clear from the very first glance that the Macan is the first compact SUV that is also a sports car.

If you’re wondering where the German manufacturer got this name, it comes from the Indonesian word for ‘tiger,’ an apt name given its details in design.

The designers have endeavoured to ensure the model's proportions and lines live up to this heritage. The result can be summarised in two words typical of a sports car: broad and low.

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