Porsche and SUVs are something that we don’t usually relate with each other but put together, they can surely make a combination that is hard to ignore. Following in the steps of its sibling Cayenne, the Macan will touch down on Indian shores by June 2014. The Macan will lock horns with the likes of X3, M-Class and Q5, with which it shares its underpinnings. We had reported back in December last year that a 2014 launch of the car was on the horizon.
The Porsche Macan will be sold in India in two variants. One will be a diesel motor which will be the base motor and the top of the line variant will be a petrol unit. The top of the line Macan Turbo will get a 3.6-liter biturbo petrol motor under the hood that churns out a maximum power of 405PS and 550NM of peak torque. It does the 0-100 kmph dash in 4.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 266 kmph. The Macan S diesel variant gets a 3 litre diesel unit that has 262PS and 580 NM up for grabs. It will go from 0-100 kmph in 6.3 seconds before it can hit a top pace of 230kmph.
To ensure that you have an amazing experience, Porsche has loaded the car will a slew of features. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), Wheels and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) are a few of them that work towards bringing you a pleasurable drive experience.
Both the variants will be 4 wheel drive unit and will come with Porsche’s 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The Q5 is locally assembled at Audi’s facility in Aurangabad but we believe that will come to us via the CBU route only. What makes us think the same is that the Cayenne comes to us through the CBU route as well even though Q7 is assembled here on which the same is based. It will be manufactured at the Leipzig facility which was recently revamped and has an annual production capacity of 50,000 which is already up and running in its full capacity.
We can safely expect the pricing to be on the higher side of things. Expect its pricing to start at a price north of Rs 75 lakhs and it might just venture into Cayenne’s pricing territory as well. Porsche believes it will provide you with a package that will justify the price tag so let us see which way Porsche goes.