Auto Express seems to have a lot of “unnamed insiders” on their bankroll. In spite of its mysterious sources, the outlet has a pretty good track record of being accurate, so we take this news with a certain level of excitement:
Sure, the idea of an entry-level Porsche SUV is like Target selling a thousand-dollar handbag. Even the words don’t seem to go together in a sentence. Get used to the idea, though, and pretty soon you’ll be clamoring at the doors of your nearest Porsche dealer to get your hands on one.
Porsche wants to evolve into a full-line automaker, and the new Macan will go a long way in bringing traffic into showrooms and becoming a high-volume model. The Porsche will share its powertrain and AWD system with its cousin, the Audi Q5. Chassis and brakes have been developed by Porsche.
Americans are expected to get a choice of 2 gas engines right away, either Audi’s turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 with 237 horsepower or a supercharged 288-hp V6. A 7-speed manual transmission is possibile, but a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic will probably be the volume option. Diesel and hybrid options are possible down the road.
The Auto Express insider says the Porsche Macan will carry a price tag of £36,000, which, based on current conversion rates, would place the Macan in dealer showrooms in the U.S. with a base sticker of about $42,000. That seems perfectly reasonable and in line with the competition, including the Lexus RX 350, BMW X3 and Land Rover Evoque. Of course, in typical Porsche fashion, expect an options sheet that could quickly bring the price up near that of a high-end Cayenne.
If you’re still not on the entry-level Porsche bandwagon, it might be time to hop on board, because the boys and girls in Stuttgart even do entry-level right.
If priced in the low-$40,000 range, would a new Porsche Macan SUV end up in your garage?