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20 February 2012

Porsche names its new small sporty SUV 'Macan' (w/ video)

Words by Christopher Kho | Photo and video courtesy of Porsche AG
 
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Originally codenamed the 'Cajun', Porsche has now traded the somewhat edible alias of its new small sporty SUV for a more vigorous title: the Macan. And if you think that it's still in a concept stage, well, think again because according to Porsche, production begins in 2013
 
Porsche has not released any details or specs of its upcoming SUV. Sources, however, point towards the probability that the Macan will be riding on the same platform as the Audi Q5, but with Porsche's own running gear. We don't think they'd be crazy enough to fit in the Cayenne's V8, so a smaller V6 or even a four-cylinder hybrid model sounds more realistic. But then again, we shouldn't be underestimating the Germans.
 
According to Porsche, the name Macan is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger - a creature that combines suppleness, power, fascination, and dynamics, which are the core characteristics of their new all-terriain sportscar. 
 
Something tells us that Porsche is sculpting the Macan into a Range Rover Evoque slayer when Bernhard Maier, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing of Porsche AG explained, "The name of a new Porsche has to fit with the brand, sound good in very many languages and dialects, and evoke positive associations."
 
The factory in Leipzig, Germany, which also manufacturers the Cayenne and Panamera, is already in the process of expansion into a full-fledged production plant to facilitate the upcoming Macan. While they've left us with only one artist's sketch of the Macan's silhouette, watch the teaser video below to find out more on how this new SUV is shaping up to be.