2014 PORSCHE MACAN
Say hello to Porsche's next top-selling model, the Macan SUV, due in Australian sometime in the middle of 2014.
The Macan is expected to play a significant role in boosting Porsche's profitability within the Volkswagen family, and global sales are forecast to reach as high as 75,000 units per year.
With those numbers, the Macan would represent nearly 50 percent of the brand's entire sales volume.
As expected, the Macan's styling borrows much from the Cayenne, including the familiar glasshouse, simple body lines and fat haunches.
The Macan will initially be offered in three specifications, kicking off with the Macan S petrol, moving through to the Macan S diesel, and topping out with the powerful Macan Turbo model.
Power in the Macan S petrol is provided by a twin-turbo 3.0 litre V6, offering 250kW and 460Nm. Porsche promises a 0-100km/h time of 5.4 seconds, with fuel consumption is listed at 9.0 l/100km.
In the Macan S diesel, power comes from a 190kW/580Nm 3.0 litre V6, listing fuel consumption figures at 6.2 l/100km. The 0-100km/h time with this model grows to 6.3 seconds.
Move up to the top-shelf Macan Turbo, and you'll find a 3.6 litre turbo V6, offering 294kW and 550Nm. Acceleration with this flagship is cut to just 4.8 seconds, and fuel use is rated at 9.2 l/100km.
All three models are matched with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch auto and an all-wheel-drive system.
Importantly, the Macan also features materials unique to its own production, including high- and super-high strength lightweight steel in the body and doors, while the bonnet and tailgate are made from aluminium.
In the cabin, there's a new 918-inspired interior design, including an instrument cluster that features a large centre tachometer and a high-resolution 4.8 inch display in the right-hand pod.
Other features include a seven-inch display, Burmester sound system, Apple iOS and Android connectivity, and a number of camera and sensor-based driving assistance systems.
Drivers will also benefit from the addition of a Sport button across all three models, sharpening engine responsiveness and tightening gear changes.
Watch for details on the Macan's Australian launch to land in the coming weeks.