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Porsche enters the compact SUV market with the all new Macan

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Porsche enters the compact SUV market with the all new Macan

Porsche isn’t just any car maker. Nothing comes out of Zuffenhausen’s design offices if it is anything other than perfect. And everything with a Porsche badge is a success. When the Cayenne first came out, noone expected it to be such a great SUV, let alone sell in such numbers. Porsche is now repeating the same success story, just a segment below, with their all new compact SUV, the Macan, a name that comes from the Indonesian word for tiger.

The design is based on Porsche’s rich heritage, embodying sportiness, dynamism and elegance, while being proportioned for ample interior space and utility functions. The sloppy roof line enhances the Macan’s sporty character and the front fascia doesn’t let the Macan being mistaken for anything other than a true Porsche. Moving to the rear, the extremely compact three-dimensional design withd LED technology, hint of the 918. All Macan models feature twin tailpipes on both sides, round on the Macan S and Macan S Diesel and square on the Turbo. The interior follows the same path as every other Porsche model, with the sloping centre console. A very nice touch is the new multi-function sports steering wheel’s design that comes straight from the 918.

Three models comprise the Macan product range at market launch. The Macan Diesel S is the most fuel efficient version, with a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel, good for 6.1 litres/100 km and 159 g of CO2/km, under the hood. With a power output of 258-bhp (190-kW) the Macan S Diesel accelerates from 0 to 100 km in just 6.3 seconds and achieves a top speed of 230 km/h. The Macan S comes with a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine delivering 340 bhp (250 kW) enabling the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, with a fuel consumption of 8.7 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of 204 g/km. The hottest version, the Macan Turbo is fitted with an all new 400 bhp (294 kW) 3.6-litre V6 biturbo engine. The 0 – 100 km/h time is just 4.8 seconds, with fuel consumption being as low as 8.9 litres/100 km and the CO2 emission at 208 g/km.

All Macan models feature an active all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch and Porsche’s seven-speed double clutch gearbox (PDK) as standard. The Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system includes the Automatic Brake Differential (ABD) and Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), other than the all wheel drive system. The Macan, being an SUV, comes with an off-road mode as standard. This function is activated by pressing a button in the centre console at a speed of between 0 and 80 km/h and switches all the relevant systems to a traction-oriented off-road programme.

Another interesting fact is that the Macan will be offered with three different chassis versions. The first comes with typical steel springs, tuned to the highest standards for performance, driving pleasure, off-roading capabilities and comfort. The front axle is based on a five-link design while the rear axle is formed by a trapezoidal-link design. The second version of the Macan chassis is a combination of the steel spring design and the PASM system, which comes as standard only in the Macan Turbo top model. PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) is an electronically controlled adjustable shock absorber system that continuously regulates the damper force on the front and rear axles. Depending on their preferences and requirements, drivers can choose between three programmes: “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus”. The third version of the Porsche Macan chassis, and exclusive in this vehicle segment, is the optional air suspension including levelling system, height adjustment and PASM. n comparison to the steel spring design, the Macan with air suspension sits 15 millimetres lower at Normal Level and, due to the associated lower centre of gravity, it offers both increased driving dynamics and improved comfort. The air suspension maintains a consistent vehicle position automatically, regardless of the load distribution. The ground clearance can be adjusted to three different levels as required: “High Level I”, “Normal Level” and “Low Level”. In “High Level I”, the vehicle sits 40 millimetres above “Normal Level”, with a maximum ground clearance of 230 millimetres. This option is activated via the off-road button and can be used at speeds between 0 and 80 km/h.

In the optional equipment list, the Sport Chrono package caught our attention almost instantly. The Sport Chrono package tunes the chassis, engine and transmission to an even sportier level, accompanied by an addictive sound. Launch control is also included, which improves the 0 to 100 km/h acceleration by 0.2 seconds. The Sport Chrono package is characterised by the analogue and digital stopwatch on the dashboard, as well as the additional Sport Plus button in the centre console. As far as brakes are concerned, the Macan relies on six-piston fixed-calliper front brakes with aluminium monobloc brake callipers. In the Macan S and the Macan S Diesel, the brake callipers press on brake discs with a diameter of 350 millimetres, while the brake discs in the Turbo have a diameter of 360 millimetres. In all models, the braking action at the rear is provided by combined floating calliper brakes with an integrated electric parking brake, that is released automatically when moving off. The rear brake discs for the Macan S and Macan S Diesel have a diameter of 330 millimetres and the rear brake discs of the Turbo have a diameter of 356 millimetres.

The Macan will be produced in Porsche’s plant in Leipzig, to which Porsche recently invested 500 million Euro. The all new production line can produce up to 50.000 cars per year. The order books will open soon, as the deliveries will start from April 5, 2014, with prices starting from EUR 57.930 for the Macan S and Macan S Diesel and EUR 79.826 for the Macan Turbo (both including VAT) in Germany.

Source: [Porsche]

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