Thursday, February 16, 2012

Porsche's baby-SUV to be called Macan


Porsche has revealed the name of new baby-SUV. It 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 and combines suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics which will be the core characteristics of this new SUV. The Macan is part of Porsche’s new-model strategy known internally as “Strategy 2018”.

The Macan SUV will be manufactured in Porsche’s Saxony production-line in Leipzig, Germany in 2013. This plant is being expanded into a fully-fledged production unit including body assembly line and paint shop with an investment of 500 million Euros. This makes it one of the biggest building projects in Porsche’s corporate history. With this expansion, there will be an addition of 1,000 new jobs as well. The Macan will be the 5th model in Porsche line-up and will be based on Audi Q5 which is manufactured red at Bratislava.

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.