Competes with: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Audi Q5
Looks like: A pint-sized Cayenne
Drivetrain: 340-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; 400-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014
Porsche's 2015 Macan is the sports car maker's first foray into the luxury compact SUV segment filled with small utes like the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, soon-to-be-released Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and Audi Q5. Any thoughts of Porsche selling out by offering a more mainstream compact SUV can be quickly put to rest with the twin-turbocharged engines making 340 horsepower and 400 hp in the base Macan S and Macan Turbo, respectively. Porsche wants the Macan to be the first compact SUV that's also a sports car.
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But it's also an SUV, so the Macan comes with standard all-wheel drive, power liftgate, off-road mode and available air suspension with adjustable ride height. After all, Porsche has a decade of SUV experience with its popular, and larger, Cayenne.