German luxury sports car manufacturer Porsche has stepped into the compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) industry. Porsche announced the final name for the compact SUV to be ‘Macan’. The name Macan is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger. Macan is believed to be first unveiled in Indonesia where the automobile industry is fast growing. It is also expected to reach other markets including India. The Macan combines the typical Porsche characteristics : maximum acceleration, vast engine power and optimum steering precision. The Macan has been designed without compromising on its beauty and can be rightly called ‘little brother to the Cayenne’.
The Macan launches three models in the market. They are Macan Turbo, Macan S and Macan S Diesel. Typically, the three variants differ not just in their appearance and comfort but in their power and drive too.
The Macan S has a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine putting out 340 bhp torque. It can do 0 to 100 kph in 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 254kph. It’s engine is fuel efficient and emits comparatively less carbon. Meanwhile compared to other variants, Macan S Diesel has the highest fuel efficiency. Things kick off with the 3.0 V6 turbo diesel in the Macan S Diesel to make the 258 bhp. That allows for a 0-100 kph in 6.3 seconds and hits a maximum speed of 230 kph. The top model is the Macan Turbo. It uses a 3.6-litre version of the twin-turbo petrol engine to develop 400bhp. The 0-100kph speed takes 4.8 seconds and top speed is 266kph.
Active all-wheel drive, Porsche Traction Management and 7-speed automated manual gearbox for on-road and off-road driving, sporty seat position, sports steering with shift paddles, high quality audio system and electricity-controlled tailgate make the Macan interesting. Additional options include an air-suspension, Dynamic Lighting System that automatically controls the headlights depending on traffic, and a hard-drive navigation system. The Macan will reach showrooms next year and the price is yet to be declared.