Cars Coming Soon: Porsche Macan Expected to Dominate

September 13th, 2012

2014 Porsche Macan

If the thought of every semi-affluent soccer mom in the nation parking a small Porsche SUV in the garage makes you slightly ill, it’s better you don’t read this.

If you believe a real Porsche shares a platform with no one, this isn’t your post.

If, in your mind, the only true Porsches have a model name starting with a 9, this will upset you.

If you thought the Porsche Cayenne brought the German sports car maker too far into the realm of the mass market, go find some sand and bury your head in it. You’re about to be swarmed by a small CUV known as the Porsche Macan.

As of yet there’s not any concrete, officially announced spec info on the Macan. We do know it’ll go on sale in 2013, it’s based on the Audi Q5, and it will be Porsche’s first entry-level CUV. (No full-line automaker is complete without one!)

Since it’s based on the Q5, we can assume the Macan will feature at least tweaked versions of the same powerplants. That could mean a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 272 horses in the Audi. There’s also a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder that makes 211 hp, but I don’t think that makes sense in the Porsche. I’d love to see a powerplant based on the coming Q5 S version, which could see ponies jump up into the mid-300 range. Maybe a diesel option, too!

Porsche originally estimated it would sell 45,000 Macan vehicles in its first year, which is an optimistic number for sure. Now the bigwigs in Stuttgart think they can unload a lot more than that by convincing 75,000 people to drop at least $45,000 on the CUV.

For reference, Porsche sold 118,865 vehicles in 2011.

Such a huge increase, based on a single, not-yet-released model, is either a hugely arrogant estimate or a sign of the coming dominance Porsche expects to exert on the luxury market.

Porsche purists, if you’ve read this far, can take solace in knowing that profits from vehicles like the Macan and the Cayenne guarantee that Porsche will continue to develop and produce the kinds of cars that made it famous. If not for the success of the Cayenne, there’s little chance the 918 Spyder would have ever taken an auto-show stage.

Yes or no: Will you have an interest in the new Porsche Macan when it goes on sale next year?

-tgriffith

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