2015 Porsche Macan Shown Testing In Public

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.

I think it may limit the car's appeal to have such a sloped rear end and the resultant loss of cargo capacity. For a car at the Macan’s price point, this could be an important shortcoming. Folks who can afford the Cayenne, for example, can usually afford several cars for their various needs. It would seem to me the Macan will appeal to a younger, less-rich demographic that may be able to afford only one vehicle, making dual roles (fun and utility) an important consideration. Compared to the Q5 that the Macan is based on, the P-car seems less utility-oriented and somewhat compromised by too much emphasis on style over function. The Cayenne has avoided that and sells well because it seems to offer performance and utility. From these photos, the rear of the Macan reminds me a bit of the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback - sorry to say.

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