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Mike Stevens | Feb 17, 2012

Porsche has announced that its new compact SUV will be known as the Macan, finally scrubbing the Cajun moniker from the record.

The Cajun name had been adopted as a project title for the new model, born as a portmanteau of the larger Cayenne's name and the word "junior".

Why wasn't the name approved for the final production model? According to Porsche board member Bernhard Maier, the new Macan name, which is derived the Indonesian word for tiger, is simply a better fit.

“The Macan combines all sports car characteristics with the benefits of a SUV and is a genuine Porsche”, Maier said.

“The name of a new Porsche has to fit with the brand, sound good in very many languages and dialects and evoke positive associations.”

Accompanying the announcement is the first set of teasers for the new model, including a stylised concept sketch (complete with the requisite 35-inch wheels) and a new video.

While the latter offers little more than taking a minute out of your day, the new illustration offers the first real look at the Cayenne-inspired Macan.

Set to enter production in late 2013, the Macan will share it platform with the Audi Q5, along with most of its powertrains and driveline.

Separating it from the Q5 will be more performance-focused engine and handling options, and of course its own unique design, inside and out.

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