Porsche Unveils Macan Crossover

What am I looking at?

This is Porsche's new crossover, dubbed the Macan (after the Malay word for Tiger). You may have seen rumblings about this car for a couple of years, back when it was called Cajun - a truncation of Cayenne Junior, which will give you a clue to the model's purpose.

What's new?

This is an all-new model for Porsche, though it uses proven technology for the most part. The underpinnings have been floating around the parent company of Volkswagen-Audi for a couple of years now in the Audi Q5. The engines are tweaked VAG affairs too and the gearbox is Porsche's in-house dual-clutch PDK.

What powers it?

In the initial launch phase, there's three engines available - two petrols and one diesel.

The lowest powered and most frugal is a 3.0 V6 diesel, producing 258hp but also returning up to 46.3mpg (159g/km CO2). The Macan S is also available with a 3.0 V6 petrol biturbo, which is significantly more powerful at 340hp, but still manages 32.5mpg combined (204g/km CO2).

The standard-bearer for the range is the Macan Turbo, sporting a 400hp 3.6 litre V6. Despite the on-paper performance potential - 165mph top speed and 0-60mph in 4.8s - it's not markedly more thirsty than the lower powered Macan S, with 31.7mpg tabled on the combined cycle (208g/km CO2).

Anything else?

Unlike many other crossovers, all Macans have 4WD as standard and the car can be switched between an on-road map and an off-road configuration on the fly at speeds of up to 50mph. A whole host of electronic aids with three letter abbreviations make green-laning in the Macan a relatively stressless prospect.

How much will it cost me?

Both diesel and petrol Macan S versions come in at 43,300, while the Macan Turbo is a considerable chunk more expensive at 59,300. They're all available to order right now, with a targeted launch date in April 2014.

Bear in mind that Porsche options lists are notoriously fabulously pricey, so if your chosen Macan isn't quite specified to your wishes visiting the extras list might hurt your pocket a lot more than you'd bargained for.

Any alternatives?

The crossover market is very densely packed these days and there's no escape even at premium prices. There's a big in-house threat from the Audi Q5, particularly the 3.0 TDI and SQ5 models at similar prices, while across the way in Munich the BMW X3 provides stiff competition.

The Range Rover Evoque might give something away in the performance stakes, but it's more keenly priced, just as prestigious and very highly rated.

In a line...

Most of a Cayenne for 25% less money.

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