The 2015 Macan wraps the automaker's design language around the proportions of a compact SUV. It's no surprise that the Macan looks a lot like the Cayenne with cues borrowed from the newest Boxster, Cayman, and 911 sports cars.
Under the hood, you'll find either a 3.0-liter or a 3.6-liter aluminum V-6 engine. Twin turbocharging, the PDK dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel drive are standard on both the Macan S and Macan Turbo.
The Macan S features a sport-tuned, but fixed, suspension. The Turbo model comes standard with an adaptive suspension. Porsche also offers an optional air suspension with auto leveling and adjustable ride height levels.
The tri-gauge instrument cluster puts the tachometer front and center and uses a small LCD for the rightmost gauge. This display can show the driver a variety of information, the most useful being a live-updating map for turn-by-turn navigation (if equipped).
The larger Porsche Cayenne SUV is the automaker's best seller by a whole order of magnitude. Can the more compact, more affordable, and more high-tech Macan duplicate or exceed its big sister's success? We'll find out next year when the 2015 Macan hits the road.