Porsche hopes the Macan will bring back the company its lost glory and help getting good volume.(File/EPS)
The all-new Macan signifies Porsche’s pioneering steps into the compact SUV segment and is poised to set new standards in the field of driving dynamics and enjoyment, both on and off road. Ammar Alvi has more.
The Macan deploys the typical sporty handling characteristics which have become synonymous with Porsche. Featuring exceptional acceleration, vast engine power, extreme agility and optimum steering precision, Porsche hopes the Macan will bring back the company its lost glory and help getting good volume.
A glance at the performance specifications reveals that the Macan has been designed with agility in mind. Further, unmistakable hallmarks of the vehicle include its proportions, design and the mixed tyres on large wheels. The engines, drive systems and seven-speed PDK bring the vehicle’s characteristics to bear in dynamic and efficient fashion both on and off road.
The list of optional special equipment offers further highlights, such as the air suspension system, which the Macan features as the only vehicle in its segment, the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus system. The list of Porsche options includes the much sought-after dynamic high beam forming part of the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus, which adjusts the headlight level in keeping with the traffic ahead and any oncoming traffic.
Three models comprise the Macan product range at market launch. The Macan S is equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine delivering 340 hp and also features an active all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch. The Macan S Diesel is the economical long-distance runner of the three Macan models. Its 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine achieves NEDC fuel consumption figures of between just 6.3 and 6.1 litres/100 km.
As the top derivative in the Macan model line, the Macan Turbo is set to be the most powerful vehicle in the compact SUV segment. The 3.6-litre V6 biturbo engine, which is being used in a Porsche model for the very first time, achieves an unrivaled 400 hp and catapults the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds.
The focus on agility and breadth continues into the Porsche Macan’s interior. Sophisticated lines, precise transitions and high-quality workmanship create a harmonious fusion of sportiness, quality and elegance. The cockpit features all of the characteristics associated with Porsche sports cars. The eye is immediately drawn to the standard multi-function sports steering wheel, the design of which is completely new and based on the 918 Spyder.
The Porsche Macan will also make its way into India with expected starting price of `50 lakh and hopes to take on the likes of Audi Q5 and Range Rover Evoque.