Built on a modified version of the same Volkswagen Group MLB platform as the Audi Q5, the Macan has an identical wheelbase of 2,807 mm, but is marginally longer at 4,675 mm, with a width of 1,923 mm and height of 1,628 mm, and a DIN kerb weight starting at 1,898 kg for the S Diesel variant compared to the SQ5 TDI‘s 1,920 kg. All models utilize Porsche’s adaptive four-wheel drive system operated by a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission with a Sport button that sharpens up throttle and steering response.
Three versions will be offered at launch, beginning with the Macan S, which is propelled by a 3.0-litre V6 engine developing 250 kW (340 hp) 460 Nm of torque, enough for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.4 seconds – or 5.2s when specified with the Sport Chrono package – and a top speed of 254 km/h (158 mph). Average fuel consumption figures are between 9.0 and 8.7 litres/100 km, with CO2 emissions level of between 212 and 204 g/km. The Macan S Diesel follows, with a 3.0-litre V6 unit producing 190 kW (258 hp) and 580 Nm, allowing 100 km/h to happen in 6.3 seconds (Sport Chrono: 6.1s) and a top speed of 226 km/h (140 mph). Consumption averages between 6.3 and 6.1 litres/100 km, which corresponds to a CO2 figure of between 164 and 159 g/km.
Finally, there’s the flagship Macan Turbo. With a twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre powerplant churning out 294 kW (400 hp) and 550 Nm, 100 km/h is dispatched with in 4.8 seconds (Sport Chrono 4.6s) and top speed is 269 km/h (167 mph). Consumption varies between 9.0 and 8.7 litres/100 km, which corresponds to a CO2 emissions level of between 212 and 204 g/km.
Clothed in aluminium body panels, the Crossover takes many styling cues from its larger sibling the Cayenne, while the Turbo features C-shaped front inlets similar to those seen on the company’s Panamera Sport Turismo. We like how the shoulder gently swells out to emphasize the muscularity of the rear wheel arches, while lead to a pair of wrap-around LED tail-lights. The S and the S Diesel wear 18-inch wheels as standard, while the Turbo is fitted with 19-inchers. Six designs up to 21-inches can also be specified.
Three suspension options will be available. Standard steel springs with passive dampers are standard on the S and S Diesel models, with optional PASM adaptive dampers offering “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus” at the touch of a button, while the Turbo gains air suspension, which includes PASM as well as allowing the Macan to be lowered by 15 mm or raised to a maximum ground clearance of 230 millimetres.
Notable options include a two-piece panoramic sunroof, 16-speaker Burmester stereo with a total system output of over 1000 watts, adaptive sports seats for non-Turbo models, Porsche Communication Management system with navigation module, and adaptive cruise control.
Due to launch in Germany next April, pricing will start at €57,930 for the Macan S and Macan S diesel, with the Macan Turbo available to purchase from €79,826.