Porsche’s upcoming baby-SUV will be called Macan. It was earlier referred by a working name “Cajun”. The German carmaker has also released a teaser image of the new Macan. According to Porsche, the name Macan is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger. Porsche says that the tiger combines suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics – core characteristics of the new SUV.
“The Macan combines all sports car characteristics with the benefits of an SUV and is a genuine Porsche. The name of a new Porsche has to fit with the brand, sound good in many languages and dialects and evoke positive associations,” said Bernhard Maier, Executive VP of Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG.
Porsche describes the Macan as an “entry model” and said it would “attract new and even younger customers to the premium brand along with the Boxster”; such a statement points to a starting price in the same as mid-range Q5s. The Cajun’s engine options are likely to start with a four-cylinder, turbocharged powerplant and include V6 petrol and diesel engines, plus a hybrid.
The Macan SUV, which is smaller than the super successful Cayenne, is a key pillar of the company’s Strategy 2018, by which the sports car manufacturer wishes to expand its model portfolio. Macan will roll off Porsche’s Leipzig factory in 2013.
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See the teaser video of Porsche Macan –