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Various engines for Porsche’s smaller SUV

By FaezClutchless on 19 Apr 2012

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Not too long ago, Porsche announced its plans for a smaller-sized suv to accompany its Cayenne and expand its model line-up. Not much details were available at that time besides a rendered image of the car. Now, more technical news about the baby suv has been revealed.

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Many speculated the model name while some were certain that it would be named the Porsche Cajun, but the German automaker has given a different name all together-the Macan. Porsche explained the name to be derived from an Indonesian word meaning 'tiger' and expresses the “suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics” of the suv.

The Macan will use Volkswagen’s recently introduced MLB platform and is based on the Audi Q5 (second picture, above). The range topping engine will be a 3.0-litre, turbocharged V6, rated at 370hp and 542Nm of torque. The engine was developed in Porsche’s research and development centre in Germany.

The 3.0-litre will feature two sequential Borg Warner turbochargers and an air to air intercooler. Future buyers of the turbocharged Macan will have the option of two transmissions, acquired from the latest 911 mated to either a seven-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK (dual clutch).

Other engines for the Macan are a little less remarkable, in terms of power. The base model will receive a turbocharged 2.0-litre four cylinder rated around 220hp and completes the centuary sprint in around 7.5 seconds. Also in the lineup is a 190hp four cylinder turbo diesel, an S-badged model with a 3.6-litre V6 derived from the Cayenne and a diesel S model with a 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine rated at 250hp.

Porsche is aware of today’s buyers who prefer hybrid engines and to cater to that market segment, they will release a Macan hybrid that uses the same powertrain from the Audi Q5 Hybrid.

To furnish the production of the Macan, Porsche will expand its Saxony facility into a full production location, complete with a full production line and paint shop. This will cost around 500 million Euros and it will also create around 1,000 job opportunities.

It won’t be soon for us to catch a glimpse of the Porsche Macan as it will at least take at least two years for the car to hit the showrooms.

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