Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the official importer of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia invited a handful of media personnel to the Porsche Centre Damansara for the sneak preview of Porsche’s first compact SUV, the Porsche Macan.

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This smaller version of the widely successful Porsche Cayenne is born, bred and Made in Germany at the 500 million euro Leipzig plant. It inherits traits and styling cues from its siblings such as the sloping roof line of the 911 and even the headlights of the 918 Spyder hybrid supercar.

The word ‘Macan‘ means ‘Tiger‘, which comes from the Indonesian term ‘Barong Macan’ or Tiger Barong. A powerful compact SUV that’s ready to pounce.

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“The Macan is the first sportscar in the compact SUV segment and it is the fifth model line-up for the Porsche brand. It combines all the typical Porsche driving characteristics with all the benefits of what a compact SUV can offer in the everyday life. I am certain that with the new Macan, we will be able to reach out to owners who are looking into joining the Porsche family for the first time as well as to excite our long-term customers,” said Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer, SDAP.

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The Porsche Macan will be available in four variants, the Macan (4-cylinder), Macan S, Macan S Diesel, and the top range Macan Turbo. All models come with active all-wheel drive and Porsche Traction Management (PTM).

For the first ime in a new Porsche model range, the Macan variants are fitted with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), which provides fast gear changes without any interruption in tractive force, short reaction times, low fuel consumption and outstanding shift comfort.

SDAP announced that the Porsche Macan will only launch in fourth quarter this year, most probably August 2014.

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Porsche Macan (4-cylinder)
The entry level Macan is powered by a 2.0-litre in-line four cylinder turbocharged engine. It produces 237 horsepower and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds. It reaches at top speed of 223 km/h. Fuel consumption of the Macan is 7.2 litres per 100km, making it among the most efficient compact SUV in its class. Price estimated from RM460,000.

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Porsche Macan S
The Macan S is has 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine delivering 340 horsepower. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (or 5.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package fitted). It reaches a top speed of 254 km/h, and its fuel consumption figures are between 9.0 and 8.7 litres/100 km. Price estimated from RM550,000.

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Porsche Macan S Diesel
The Macan S Diesel is the most economical of the three Macan variants. Powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine, delivering 258 horsepower with fuel consumption figures between just 6.3 and 6.1 litres/100 km. The Macan S Diesel accelerates from 0 to 100 km in just 6.3 seconds (or 6.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono package fitted), up to a top speed of 230 km/h. Price estimated from RM560,000.

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Porsche Macan Turbo
The top range Macan Turbo is powered by the 3.6-litre V6 biturbo engine that is used for the first time in a Porsche model. It produces 400 horsepower, which accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds. (or 4.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono package fitted). Fuel consumption figures are between 9.2 and 8.9 litres per 100km. Price estimated from RM785,000.

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What else?
The Porsche Macan Turbo previewed at the Porsche Centre Damansara came straight from Thailand after its appearance in the recent Bangkok Motor Show. If you would like to have a sneak peek at the Porsche Macan Turbo, it will then be displayed at Bangsar Shopping Centre from May 21st to 25th 2014 for a public preview.

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