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The 2015 Porsche Macan

Taking aim at the X3, Evoque and GLK, Porsche finally took the veils off its smaller luxury SUV scheduled to slot beneath the larger and more expensive Cayenne. The 2015 Porsche Macan was put into the light at the 2013 LA auto show. The long-awaited SUV’s revelation gave excellent preview of its petite body. As most of you might have expected, Macan’s front facade and much of its side profile looks like a scaled-down version of the existing Cayenne. And as a matter of fact, Cayenne’s lines work even better on this smaller body of Macan. Interestingly, at the back, a single-piece light bar replicates the taillight design used on the 911 sports car. 2015 Porsche Macan a chic and slick car and will be a great hit when it makes to production.

Macan, the name pronounced as “ma-chan” – an Indonesian word for “tiger”, was earlier rumored to be built off the same platform used for the Audi Q5 and was supposed to be sharing many of the mechanical and powertrain components of its corporate cousin. However, they de-Audi-ied the Macan into something sportier! When it launches, the Macan will offer two models – S and Turbo. Each of the models is powered by a twin turbocharged V6 engine. While the Macan S utilizes a 3.0 liter unit the Turbo gets a burlier 3.6 liter grunt. The S is sufficiently powerful churning out 340 horsepower but the Turbo takes it away with its whopping 400 ponies. Both the models come standard with an all wheel drive as well as a seven speed PDK dual clutch automatic transmission. A torque vectoring function of the rear axle is optional. According to the brands early performance estimates, the 2015 Porsche Macan S can reach 60 mph from rest in a sprint time of 5.2 second, while the 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo is capable of doing the same in a mere 4.6 seconds. Top speed is an impressive 156 mph for the S and 164 for the turbo.

All of the above performance comes in a package that is 2.1 inch longer in length and sits 0.2 inch lower and stretches a negligible 0.2 inches between its axles as compared to the Audi Q5. Also, holding on to the mantra of keeping it sportier, 2015 Porsche Macan is an inch wider than the Audi. However, the baby Cayenne still retains the Q5’s five-link front and trapezoidal link rear suspension, buts adds a variety of spring and damper choices.

The company’s Volkswagen parents thought that Porsche really needed a small crossover since a growing product portfolio is the best path to global profitability. Also a sure niche existed for a performance-themed small luxury crossover such as the Macan, as the segment’s current leaders – the Audi Q5, the BMW X3, the Cadillac SRX, the Mercedes Benz GLK Class and the Volvo XC60 – don’t stray much beyond practical. Expected to go on sale soon, the 2015 Porsche Macan will probably be priced around in the mid $45,000 range. A fully loaded 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo could even cost up to a massive $100,000 as told by Nick Twork, a Porsche Cars North America spokesman.

The 2014 Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition

Taking a quick dip into precious metals is something automakers love especially for naming purposes. Porsche prefers platinum as it announced a new special edition for the cayenne. The Platinum Special Edition for the Cayenne reminded all the SUV lovers about the 2011 SUV of the year while the baby Cayenne, Porsche Macan was getting the entire buzz lately. On sale in January, the 2014 Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition is anticipated to bring back the glory and attention to the model in its fourth year.

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition V-6 will start at $64,295 while the diesel variant will cost about $67,895, including destination. Earlier the model was not taken a big note of since it seemed to be a proposal exclusively for Europe, but then the brand announced its availability in North America as well. For all the supposed cache that is usually associated with the Platinum moniker and the fact that this is a limited edition, Porsche is applying it here only on V-6 powered Cayennes. That includes both the gas version with 300 horsepower and 295 pound feet of torque, and the diesel variant, which is good for 240 horsepower and a healthy 406 pound feet or torque in U.S. spec. Both the versions would be mated to an eight speed Tiptronic S Transmission.

The most popular “extras” from the brand, all get packed into this limited edition luxury of Platinum Cayenne. Headlining the list are the Bi-Xenon headlight, Power Steering Plus, park Assist fore and aft, and paparazzi-foiling dark glass for the rear seat passengers. The Platinum Special Edition Cayenne stays calm and classy on its exterior mostly with decent plays of blacks and whites along with Meteor Gray Metallic and interestingly, or rather contradictory-sounding, Mahogany Metallic. This limited edition vehicle rolls on 19-inch Cayenne Design II wheels.

Following the trend that prevails on the above the sheet metal, the Platinum Cayenne is similarly simple under the sheet as well. Porsche has “reserved” a Black/ Luxor Beige two tone interior for the Platinum. The owner gets to choose between a partial or (optional) full leather interior with the appropriate floor mats and entry guards. The SportsDesign steering wheel sports shift paddles while all the headrests are embossed with the Porsche logo. Another feature that comes as standard is Porsche’s communication management system with its seven inch touchscreen, navigation, and 11-speaker Bose audio system.

Interestingly, the current hot topic from the brand, which is the 2015 Porsche Macan S, still remains the powerful one. And the fact prevails that it is not at all difficult to price a 2015 Porsche Macan S in the mid to high $ 60,000 range which gives rise to a rather fascinating query that whether the market is going to boom for the more powerful Macan S with a few options or will people would drool over the platinum bathed, more practical and larger Cayenne Platinum Edition. The question remains unanswered till the Platinum Edition Cayenne hits the stores; however, the silver details on this limited edition SUV do make it rather tempting.

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