We all know that the 2014 Porsche Macan is coming this November, but Porsche is still hiding the car to raise the level of hype surrounding the new SUV crossover. All we have for now are teaser photos that show funky quad LED headlights. There are also speculations that the new Macan will feature two turbo engines and its base price will start at $52,000. In addition, it will be built with the same platform used in Audi Q5 and Cayenne.
According to a Porsche insider, the 2014 Macan will share some chassis parts with the Q5, and this will include the cabin layout. However, the suspension tuning, engines and interior architecture will be unique to the Macan. It will also have three driving modes: Sport, Normal and Sport Plus. Another neat feature is its “Launch Control” which gives it the capability to distribute power between its four wheels to improve traction and handling.
Furthermore, recent shots of the prototype revealed an adjustable suspension, enhanced rocker switches, improved buttons, and taillights that are fully integrated into its liftgate. We can also expect that the 2014 Porsche Macan will have twin V6 engines that can pump up 290 horsepower. However, most auto enthusiasts will be interested in its 350-hp twin turbo edition. As usual, this crossover will have seven-speed automated dual-clutch, but most likely it will only be available as manual transmission.
Porsche also claimed that after the launch of its new Macan, another variant will reach the market next year and this time it will have a four-cylinder turbo engine. Although we can only speculate that the four-cylinder variant will be available during the second quarter of 2014, and it will supersede other models in its category. Well, the small SUV crossover market is not yet saturated and they can dominate that niche with the 2014 Macan.
The sudden shift to small crossover is a big move for Porsche, but according to its parent company (Volkswagen), it’s a decision that they need to make, especially when it comes to the needs and preferences of modern auto consumers. They are convinced that a small luxury crossover like the Macan suit the lifestyle of most people living in urban settings.
As expected, the Porsche Macan 2014 will make its first appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month. But it will be available for sale next spring and Porsche will release 65,000 models in its first full year of production. So, the Macan will be considered as the most popular model in their line-up.