If you’re in the market for a tasteful, good looking SUV then the forecourt is your oyster. In fact, the only thing on 4 wheels in which you are even more spoilt for choice is the new breed of compact SUV which has surfaced and become king of the road for the last few years.
No matter how deep your pockets are, there is a compact SUV for you. Looking for something on the cheap? Look to the Far East for the likes of the Nissan Juke, Kia Sportage or Mazda CX-5. Few more pennies in your pocket? Well where do you begin? BMW X3, Audi Q3, Volvo XC-60, Volkswagen Tiguan or perhaps a Range Rover Evoque. Clearly what this world does not need is another compact SUV to make that decision even harder.
So with that Porsche have announced that following from the sublime Cayenne, they’re going to throw their lederhosen into the ring with the release of the Porsche Macan. This long awaited lump of German steel is set to be Porsche’s best seller with sales estimates of 55,000 to 75,000 being suggested.
The range topping twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine will kick out just shy of 400bhp, which sounds like a bit of a threat to those in BMW’s M-Sport skunkworks. Other than that there will feature several four-cylinder engines, including 2.0-litre turbocharged petrols and diesels, which would make the Macan the first Porsche with less than 6-cylinders since the 968.
Prices are expected to start at £36,000 for the basic V6 models and with it’s (although somewhat disguised) striking good looks and tasteful ride height and size there’s no surprise that this is expected to be a top seller. We can expect more information and images over the next 12 months before its release next year. But for now I can imagine there are some worried looks going around the offices of the Macan’s competition.