What Is It?
2015 Porsche Macan
What's Special About It?
The Macan is Porsche's first venture into the compact SUV segment. It was unveiled at a special event ahead of the official L.A. auto show press conference and the emphasis was definitely on "sport."
Besides the expected Porsche executives in attendance were comedian and Porschephile Jerry Seinfeld, Porsche racer Patrick Long and four-time grand slam-winning tennis champion Maria Sharapova, who nearly stole the thunder from what may very well be the most significant unveil at this year's show.
At first glance, the 2015 Macan is unmistakably a Porsche. Not surprisingly, it does indeed look like a smaller Cayenne, measuring 3.5 inches shorter at the roof and 6.5 inches less bumper-to-bumper. In person, it's significantly smaller than the Cayenne, appearing closer to the BMW X1, though it's actually closer in size to the X3 and Audi's Q5, which shares some of its underpinnings.
Two versions will be available with all-new twin-turbo V6 engines. The 340-horsepower Macan S represents the base model and the 400-hp Macan Turbo will be the range-topping variant. Both models will feature active AWD with a bias toward the rear wheels, but the fronts can receive up to 100 percent on slippery surfaces. Porsche's PDK seven-speed automated manual will be the only transmission offered, and comes with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Also standard are 19-inch wheels, auto stop-start for fuel economy and a power liftgate activated by a switch at the base of the rear wiper.
Besides the boost in power, stepping up to the Macan Turbo will get you 18-way-adjustable adaptive front seats, active dampers and a navigation system. Options will include an air suspension, Porsche's torque-vectoring system and rear differential lock, ceramic brakes, adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert and automatic braking, a panoramic sunroof, a premium Burmester audio system, lane-keeping assist and a blind spot monitoring system.
Porsche claims the Macan S will reach 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, while the Turbo will take only 4.6 seconds. Adding the optional Sport Chrono package with launch control will shave another 0.2 second off those times.
Performance on pavement is expected to be exceptional, but the Macan will also have some light off-road capabilities, too. When optioned with the air suspension, ride height can be raised 1.6 inches to provide 9.1 inches of ground clearance. Approach angles will increase from 23.6 degrees to 25.3 degrees as a result and hill descent control will also be included with it. A trunk-mounted button will also lower the ride height by 2 inches for easier cargo loading.
Porsche purists may again cry foul, as they did with the introduction of the Cayenne and Panamera. But if those sales-leading models are any indication, the Macan should silence critics with its promise of comfort, power and performance. Obvious competitors will include the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLK when the Porsche Macan arrives at dealers in the spring of 2015. It's more expensive than those SUVs, but is similarly priced to the Boxster and Cayman.
What Edmunds Says: Porsche promises sports car performance from the Macan SUV. If the Cayenne and Panamera are any indication, we'd believe them.
Base Price: $50,895 for the Macan S and $73,295 for the Macan Turbo
Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 (Macan S); 3.6-liter V6 twin-turbo (Macan Turbo)
Gearbox: Seven-speed PDK automated manual
Power: 340 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm (Macan S); 400 hp @ 6,000 rpm (Macan Turbo)
Dimensions: 184.3 inches long (185 Turbo), 63.9 inches high, 75.7 inches wide, 110.5-inch wheelbase