The new Porsche Macan compact-SUV has been caught undergoing testing in Europe, without its Q5 disguise. The new photos show the shape of the upcoming junior version of the Cayenne that is due in 2014. Porsche has made some attempts to disguise the prototype to look like its larger sibling, though it is clear the Macan, which will be based on the Audi Q5 platform, will have unique dimensions and a notably different profile.
It is expected that the two models will also share key hardware components, such as petrol and diesel engines, steering, transmission, axles and even Audi’s Quattro four-wheel-drive. Porsche will develop its own braking, suspension and dynamic control systems to provide sportier handling characteristics.
Engine options remain unconfirmed, but previous reports have suggested the entry-level model will come equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol that produces 164 kW. The Macan S, on the other hand, is expected to use a naturally-aspirated 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine with 220 kW. Rumors have also suggested there will be a 142 kW, 2.0-litre TDI, a 186 kW, 3.0-litre V6 TDI and a Macan Turbo with a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol that produces 276 kW and 542 Nm of torque.
Porsche has confirmed that the Cayenne’s baby brother will begin production at its Leipzig facility in Germany next year.