PORSCHE MACAN AUSTRALIA
Porsche’s second SUV, the new midsized Macan, is now on sale in Australia.
The new three-model range kicks off with the $84,900 Macan S Diesel, moving through to the $87,200 Macan S petrol and the top-shelf Macan Turbo at $122,900.
By comparison, the larger Cayenne starts at $100,200, while the Audi Q5 - which shares the Macan’s platform - begins at $62,600. Go for Audi's powerful SQ5, however, and you'll hand over $89,400 plus on-roads.
Revealed at last year’s LA Auto Show, the Macan is expected to play a key role in boosting Porsche’s profitability and sales volumes.
The company expects to move around 75,000 of the new SUVs each year, representing around 50 percent of Porsche’s overall sales.
As expected, the Macan takes much of its inspiration from its big brother the Cayenne, wearing similar lines, fat haunches and a sweeping roofline.
There’s more of a 911 look to the rear however, with a slender new tail-light design that likely previews the rear of the next Cayenne and Panamera models.
And while it shares its basic architecture with the Audi Q5, Porsche says around 70 percent of the Macan’s components are unique.
Super-high strength steel and aluminium elements are featured throughout, and kerb weight comes in at around 1865kg depending on the model.
The Macan is available in three specifications, with one diesel option at the entry end and a pair of petrol models on the middle and top shelves.
In the Macan S diesel, power comes from a 190kW/580Nm 3.0 litre V6, listing fuel consumption figures at 6.1 l/100km. The 0-100km/h time with this model grows to 6.3 seconds.
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.
Moving to the Macan Turbo means a 3.6 litre turbo V6 with 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.
A 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder model has been confirmed for overseas markets, but, for now, is not expected to come to Australia.
The diesel and petrol S models get a standard steel-spring setup with a five-link front and trapezoidal-link rear, but moving to the Turbo adds Porsche Active Suspension Management with active dampers and Comfort/Sport/Sport-Plus driving modes.
The Turbo also gets an air suspension system that sits 15mm lower than the S models in Normal mode, but can rise by 32mm (boosting ground clearance to 230mm) or drop by 50mm for easier cargo loading.
The Macan’s braking package - the “most powerful in its segment” - includes 350mm front and 330mm rear discs in the S models, and 360mm front and 356mm rear discs with the Turbo.
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.
Depending on the model and options selected, safety features include radar cruise control, lane departure warning, autonomous braking and a reversing camera.
Dual front, dual side and curtain airbags are standard across the range.
Cargo space is listed at 500 litres with the 40:20:40 rear seats upright, expanding to 1500 litres with the seats folded flat.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Macan S Diesel - $84,900
- Macan S Petrol - $87,200
- Macan Turbo Petrol - $122,900