Porsche debuts its second Sport-Ute in LA, a mini-Cayenne called the Macan!

Porsche’s world debut of the all new Macan at the 2013 LA Auto Show expands their model line up to now a fifth vehicle. The Macan’s name is derived from the Indonesian word for Liger, er I mean, Tiger, and promises to combine sport car characteristics with the benefits of a sport-ute. It promises to be not only a head turner but fast too with the top Macan Turbo coming to the table with 400 hp and a 0-60 time of 4.4. All Macan models will chave Porsche’s double clutch auto, PDK, standard. Besides looking like a shrunken Cayenne (a good thing), cosmetic stand outs are a blades on the side doors that can be ordered in differing colors ala Audi R8, and a 918 Spyder inspired steeing wheel.

It comes as no surprise that Porsche capitalize on their best selling vehicle, the Cayenne, and introduces the world to the all new Porsche Macan compact SUV. It’s pronounced “ma-can” not “may-can.” The new Porsche Macan, is based on a heavily re-worked Audi Q5 chassis. However, the new Macan is lower and wider and has two unique engines. The Macan Turbo will get a 3.6L V6 that cranks out 400 hp and the S has a 3.0L V6 with 340 hp and both will be AWD. Base MSRP of $52,000 but balloons up to $72,000 for the Macan Turbo.

The Macan will be produced in Leipzig along Porsche Cayennes and Panameras. A very unique signature feature for the Macan are quad LED headlights. Familial lineage of the Cayenne is very evident in the interior and the exterior so much so that one could easily mistake for a mini Cayenne. Porsche internet videos showing the Macan power sliding on race track with half cage and racing harness showcase what is sure to be a great driving Sports SUV. BMWBLOG looks for this to be a success for Porsche throws some pretty stiff competition to the BMW X3, especially given its aggressive pricing.