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.
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S or Turbo?
The Macan will be available in Macan S and Macan Turbo trim levels.
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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.
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The rear end makes use of LED tail lamps that Porsche says are evocative of the 918 Spyder hybrid supercar.
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But I think that the rear view is actually more reminiscent of the Porsche Panamera.
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The active headlamps are standard and swivel with the steering to illuminate corners. LED daytime running lights are also standard.
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Three suspension options
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.
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The interior is well put together, but I grimace every time I see that massive bank of buttons on a Porsche's center console.
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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).
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An optional Sport Chrono package adds this analog chronograph to the dashboard, but you're probably more interested in the package's sharper Sport programming and launch control.
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On vehicles equipped with the air suspension, the ride height can be adjusted using these center console buttons.
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The 7-inch touch-screen display is standard, but to unlock its full functionality, you'll need to spec the optional PCM with navigation.
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Porsche gives the owner a wide range of customization options. This Turbo model's carbon-and-white finished interior is a bit too outlandish for my taste.
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Turbo or S, the Macan's rear end is finished with a dual exhaust, though the design of these exhausts is unique to each trim level.
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These 19-inch wheels with staggered sizes are standard on both the S and Turbo models. The rear wheels are wider by just a few millimeters.
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The Turbo and S models' standard wheel and tire packages are identical in dimension, but feature unique designs. Optional wheels up to 21 inches in diameter are available.
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The Turbo model also features a unique front fascia treatment that is ever so subtly more aggressive.
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This optical sensor enables the optional adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning systems to do their thing.
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2015 Porsche Macan Turbo
In its hottest Sport Chrono configuration, the 400 horsepower Macan Turbo will be able to hit 60 mph from a stop in as few as 4.2 seconds.
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Little SUV a big win for Porsche
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.