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Porsche Macan: LA Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2014 Porsche Macan is a sporty luxury SUV that slots beneath the popular Cayenne in Porsche’s lineup. It includes four doors, plus a rear lift gate and standard all-wheel drive — much like rivals such as the BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque.

Both inside and out, the styling roughly mimics the Cayenne. That means curved exterior lines, a tapered roofline, a wide track and front-mounted LED lights. Inside, expect a center-mounted screen for Porsche’s infotainment system, along with a slanted center console with controls that are easily within a driver’s reach.

The first Macan models will come in two flavors. There’s a Macan S, with a 340-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 capable of propelling the SUV to 60 miles per hour in just 5.2 seconds. And then there’s a Macan Turbo, which uses a turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 that produces a whopping 400 hp and 0-to-60 times closer to 4.6 seconds. Both models use Porsche’s 7-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic transmission.

How Much?

Porsche hasn’t announced pricing. Expect the Macan S to start in the low- to mid-$50,000 range, while the Turbo will include a substantial premium. We’d also expect to see a base-level Macan eventually debut with pricing that starts in the mid-$40,000 range.

When Can You Get It?

Spring 2014

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

It’s a Porsche SUV with even more sport than the already enjoyable Cayenne. While we haven’t yet driven the Macan, it’s hard to imagine the SUV will offer anything less than best-in-class fun, thanks to its powerful engine options and famed Porsche handling. And we’re excited to try out the dual-clutch PDK in an SUV, since the Cayenne still uses a traditional automatic.

Other Cars to Consider

Audi Q5 — If you’re looking for an SUV sized similarly to the Macan but without the Porsche’s high-dollar price tag or sporty character, try the Q5. It’s luxurious and quick but far more affordable.

BMW X3 — While the X3 doesn’t reach the Macan’s horsepower levels, it’s still a compact SUV built with sport in mind. It’s also far more affordable than the Macan.

Range Rover Evoque — The Evoque can’t boast the Macan’s excellent performance, but it wins big for style, carrying a bold look and the cachet of the Range Rover nameplate.

Used Porsche Cayenne — If the Porsche Macan is too small, consider a 1- or 2-year-old Cayenne. The Cayenne is a little bigger, and it offers the same Porsche brand cachet. Plus, a used Cayenne will cost about the same as a new Macan.

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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