A new batch of photos shows the upcoming 2015 Porsche Macan testing on public roads, blasting through mud, and kicking up dust in the desert. Although our spy photographers have spotted the Macan before, these are the first official photos of the new crossover from Porsche -- although some ill-fitting body panels suggest the models seen here are still prototypes.
Our spy shooters previously caught the Macan testing on the Nürburgring, blasting through snow, and totally undisguised in Europe. As on our spy photos, these shots of the 2015 Porsche Macan reveal that it has much in common visually with the larger Porsche Cayenne. The rounded nose, large headlights, and tall front grille have simply been scaled down from those on the Cayenne. The largest difference is in the back, where the 2015 Porsche Macan has a sharply pointed liftgate that forms a convex angle, whereas the Cayenne has a more traditional flat liftgate.
Based on the next Audi Q5, the 2015 Porsche Macan is expected to offer buyers a choice between a 2.0-liter turbo-four and a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine. The top-tier 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo could use a version of the new twin-turbo V-6 used in the Panamera, likely tuned for about 350 hp.
Porsche has hired 1000 new workers and invested more than $650 million to prepare its Leipzig, Germany, plant to start building the Macan later this year. Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller previously confirmed the 2015 Porsche Macan will debut at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show in November, and will go on sale in early 2014.
Update: Porsche has also released a video showing the Macan prototypes testing in California. You can see the cars being put through their paces on public roads, through mud, and in the desert below.