2015 Porsche Macan Overview
- New small, luxury SUV that debuts for 2015
- Available in two trims at launch, Macan S and Macan Turbo
- Standard all-wheel drive
Making its debut this year is the latest vehicle from the minds at Porsche in Stuttgart, the 2015 Porsche Macan.
The Macan is a compact luxury SUV, slotting in below the larger Cayenne and becoming the second SUV in Porsche’s lineup. If we go back a few years, when Porsche first said they were going to make an SUV (the Cayenne) people laughed; then it became their best-selling model. Then they announced plans to make a sedan (the Panamera), a similar reaction ensued, and it too became their best-selling model. Now nobody is laughing.
Styling is similar to the Cayenne, just smaller in stature and with forward-slanted rear glass. The Macan’s signature styling feature are side blades that are borrowed from the 918 Spyder supercar. They are painted black on Macan S models, while Macan Turbo models get body-colored or carbon fiber blades. Large 19-inch wheels come standard, with wheels all the way up to 21-inches available. Up front are familiar Porsche headlights, a wide cross-hatch front grille, and prominent lines on the hood. A power liftgate is also standard.
Under the hood there are two engine options, one for the Macan S and the other for the Macan Turbo. The entry-level S gets a 340-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 339 pounds-feet of torque, while the Turbo features a 400-hp, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 406 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines feature stop/start technology for increased efficiency and are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic transmission with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is standard as well. The Macan boosts its off-road credentials with an off-road driving mode that changes the driving character of the Macan and is quicker to shift torque to the front wheels for better traction. There is also an optional air suspension that can raise and lower the Macan to improve ground clearance when needed.
Inside, the Macan seats five and offers 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats which can expand to 53 cubic feet with the seats folded down. The instrument panel is classic Porsche; three gauges with the tachometer front and center, which is preferred for sporty driving. A seven-inch touchscreen mounted high in the center console controls the audio and connectivity functions. Dual-zone automatic climate control and powered front seats with driver memory are standard on all models as well. There are many other styling/convenience features available a la carte, just like the rest of the Porsche lineup.
Standard safety features include eight airbags, all-disc antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system. Also available are lane assist warnings, blind spot warnings, and an adaptive cruise control system.