Even though Porsche engineers left their Macan crossover sitting in the darkness behind a gas station in Stuttgart, it was spotted and briefly photographed and videoed. It looks like the same worse-for-wear mule's that's been popular with photographers for a few months now, its camo-clad exterior and a bit of its interior no longer secrets.

What we can confirm is the surfeit of rumors about what it will have under the hood. As it uses the skeleton of the Audi Q5, no one will be surprised if it uses a modified version of the Q5's heart, the supercharged, 272-horsepower 3.0-liter V6. Supposition beyond that goes to a hybrid Macan with an electrically-assisted, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, also from the Q5, and then to a possible 370-hp, twin-turbo V6.

Somewhere in all of that, along with bumf that a three-door Macan could factor as a rival to the Range Rover Evoque, is a model matrix that is expected to sell 75,000 units in its first year. You can have a look at the future in the video below.



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      vedi123
      • 2 Years Ago
      odds are 1.01 that this will soon be the best selling Porsche
        • 2 Years Ago
        @vedi123
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      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to admit, I'm conflicted. On the one hand, I loath the Cayenne and everything it stands for as a deterioration of the Porsche brand. On the other hand, the Q5 is one of the most desirable SUVs out there, and definitely on my "want" list, and Porsche engineering will only improve it. This little Macan is going to be the Porsche I hate to love. Or love to hate. Or both.
      futuramautoblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mecan and the new Cayman in the garage will be quite sweet!
      Where ya been?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ah Porsche.... As the former owner of various 911's and a last gen boxster I must admit that Porsche appears to be losing customers like me. I am not rich - far from it - but I do own my own business.. I bought and sold many a lessor car in the past just so I could finally buy an older, much used 911. It was quirkly, ignition switch to the left of the steering wheel, pedals hinged from the floor, but you could feel every pebble on the road through that fat steering wheel! The car gave you feedback unlike any I had ever driven.. I was smitten! A few more years of saving got a newer 911 - the same wonderful feelings..sounds and smells.. a few more years and an even newer Carrera.. more of the same. Then I bought a fairly new Boxster... Hey COLD A/C!!! Wow what an idea.... I drove it for a few years and sold it when the doc said it was time to give up a manual clutch transmission. In the meantime Porsche was sold.. the awesome feedback replaced by better MPG.. and now another SUV? A new 911 is six figures if you check just a few option boxes.. What happened?
      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Boo...cant play video.
      RudyH
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it honestly. It makes the Cayenne look like a glorified Escalade, big and useless for a performance enthusiast. The Macan looks low and sporty...like an Infiniti FX or Nissan Murano. Personally would be driving a FX over a Cayenne if only Infinitii didn't have a CRAP CVT in there, and that's about the only reason...
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks okay for an overpriced Q5/Tiguan.
        bouljf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        Well to be fair it shares nothing with the Tiguan save for the fact that they're both products of the VW group. It is based on the Q5 but the Cayenne and Q7 share a platform and they are both very different cars.
        leo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        yeap, Q5 is based on the same platform as Tiguan although people here seem to hate that fact and down rated you. but the fact is the porsche has a lot of modifications to improve on that platform, so it's not going to feel anything like the Tiguan...this is not a badge engineering job. personally i don't like the Q5 much, it's a bit too small and if you have to go for an SUV might as well get a comfy one, otherwise stick with cars
      Brex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a tall Panamera with enlarged wheel well openings.
      k.naz
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's cute how Porsche made it an exact copy, but a bit smaller than the Cayenne. If this helps keep the GT3/RS/RSR and the 918 in production, I approve. P.S. At least keep a MT as an option on the aforementioned vehicles, please.
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Baby Boxster would compromise Porsche brand values.....yet this is what we get. Bah.
      Jim
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also, let me add that, with the dozen or so crossovers already on the market for about 1/4 the price of this thing, we can safely assume that anyone who buys this is a pretentious a-hole who is just buying it for the badge. I will mock you as you drive by.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jim
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        Geekengineer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jim
        Or... perhaps they don't give a frosty feck what you think, and will gladly hit a puddle to make your day just that much more miserable as you b!tch and moan about others' spending habits. Let the market decide. If people buy enough Macans to confirm Porsche's business case, then Porsche can and should continue to produce more. If they flop, then Porsche screwed up. Cars are products, plain and simple. You can whine on and on about heritage and so forth, but a company that doesn't make money ceases to exist. I used to be like you, then I grew up.
          scificarolinaguy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Geekengineer
          People who buy these over-priced, flashy vehicles ALWAYS care what others think... it is why they buy them. When I sold them, I met many of their type.
      Matthew
      • 2 Years Ago
      ohhh great...........another one
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