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Porsche has introduced the 2014 Macan on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

It was a long and teaser-filled road but Porsche has finally revealed its baby Cayenne from which it has taken most of the design. The crossover is 4699mm long, 1923mm wide and 1624mm tall which makes it 146mm shorter, 16mm narrower and 82mm lower than its bigger brother. Compared to the Q5 on which is based upon, the Macan is 70mm longer, 24mm wider and 30mm lower.

It adopts a double wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear arrangement with variable damping control and an electro-mechanical steering system, while optionally available is an air suspension. Compared to the Audi Q5, the Macan's track widths are 35mm bigger at the front and 36mm at the back, while the suspension components are unique to this model. In addition, the software and geometry have been updated to make sure the Macan is "the most agile handling in its class."

Three engines will be available upon launch, starting out with the Macan S powered by a V6 3.0-liter twin-turbo developing 340 HP (250 kW) working together with a double-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission which enables the crossover to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.4 seconds or in 5.2s when the vehicle is fitted with the optional Sport Chrono package. It can hit a top speed of 158 mph (254 km/h) and will have a fuel consumption varying between 8.7 to 9.0 liters / 100 km, with corresponding CO2 emissions between 204 and 212 g/km.


Up next is the Macan S Diesel that gets a V6 3.0-liter turbo rated 258 HP (190 kW) good enough for a 0-62 mph run in 6.3 seconds (6.1s with Sport Chrono) and a maximum speed of 143 mph (230 km/h). With this engine the Macan will have a fuel consumption varying between 6.1 to 6.3 liters, with CO2 emissions between 159 and 164 g/km.

The range-topping Macan Turbo will make use of a V6 3.6-liter twin-turbo generating 400 HP (294 kW) which propels the vehicle to 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds (4.6s with Sport Chrono) on its way to a top speed of 165 mph (266 km/h). Porsche says the flagship Macan has a fuel consumption between 8.9 to 9.2 liters / 100 km and emits between 208 and 216 g/km.

Later on during the car's lifespan there will be a new base model equipped with a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo engine providing 280 HP, along with a Macan Diesel with a 2.0-liter turbo. The duo will represent the first 4-cylinder-powered Porsche models since the demise of the 968 in 1995.

The Macan S and S Diesel ride on 18-inch alloys wrapped around in 235/60 R18 front and 255/55 R18 rear tires, while the Macan Turbo gets larger 19-inch rims with 235/55 R19 and 255/50 R19 rubbers. Clients can optionally configure their car with various wheel designs in sizes of up to 21 inches.

Available at German dealers next April, the Macan S and Macan S Diesel have a starting price of 57,930 EUR and are followed by the Macan Turbo from 79,826 EUR (VAT included). UK will get the new Macan also in April at these prices: Diesel S (43,300 GBP), S (43,300 GBP) and Turbo (59,300 GBP).

Gallery: 2014 Porsche Macan compact SUV launched at Los Angeles Auto Show

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