After spending a few months hiding from the cameras, the Porsche Macan crossover has been spotted again. Seen here conducting winter tests, the Macan test mule pictured above looks just about ready for its close-up.
The last time we saw Porsche’s sub-Cayenne offering testing in the snow, it was wearing Audi Q5 skin. Clearly, a lot has changed since then, with the crossover now sporting what is likely its final sheetmetal hidden under a bit of camouflage. The vehicle bears a strong resemblance to its big brother, which isn’t surprising considering the Cayenne was Porsche’s most successful model in 2012 – comprising more than half of the brand’s total sales. By offering what’s essentially a scaled down version of its best-selling product, Porsche can appeal to new customers.
Though from many angles the crossover looks just like the Cayenne, there remain a few differences. We again see the sharply raked liftgate, which lends the vehicle a sleek look but likely cuts into cargo volume. The taillights on this test mule are covered with stickers mocked up to look like those on the Cayenne, and could hide a more slender set as we’ve seen on the 991-generation 911, and new Cayman and Boxster.
The Macan will share a platform with the Audi Q5, so that model’s drivetrain choices will likely also be offered on the Porsche version. Those engines currently include a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 and supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, plus an upcoming hybrid model and 349-hp SQ5 model.
Production is set to begin in late 2013, so expect the Macan to be revealed sometime this year.
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