The news came today as part of an announcement on the completion of a new paint facility at Porsche's Leipzig plant, where the Macan will be built.
Once known as the Cajun - "Cayenne Junior" - the Macan will enter as a new volume-boosting model in the growing Porsche line-up.
Our spy photos show that development of the new Porsche is now in its final stages, with mules spotted in lightly-camouflaged full-production dress.
There's little to be surprised about, on the styling front: the Macan is truly a smaller Cayenne, riding on the Audi Q5 and Volkswagen Tiguan platform - just as the Cayenne shares its underpinnings with the Touareg and Audi Q7.
Separating it from the Q5 will be a higher-output engine and handling options, and of course its own unique design, inside and out.
A high-performance flagship is also expected, driven by a 275kW twin-turbo version of the 3.0 litre supercharged engine driving the Audi S4.
Power is expected to be sent to all four wheels on all Macan models, via a version of the Quattro system used in the Q5.
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