Porsche Macan launched in LA Auto show

Porsche Macan launched in LA Auto showPorsche’s newest mass-market attack vehicle, Macan, was launched in Los Angeles Auto Show today. It’s a five-seat SUV A to competitor to the Range Rover Evoque, Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Merc’s GLK.

Contesting with the Range Rover Evoque for wealthy suburban moms, the compact model will possibly become Porsche’s best seller by 2015 as SUVs sum up for a majority of the brand’s sales.

To attract drivers in search of a more practical vehicle, Porsche is gearing up the Macan with features like an electronic trunk hatch and as much as 1,500 liters (53 cubic feet) of cargo space.

The model, which goes on sale April 5 in Germany, has a initial price of 57,930 euros ($78,190) for the 340-horsepower Macan S version, 24 percent cheaper than a comparably equipped Porsche Cayenne SUV.

There’ll be three Macans at launch, all which come with a seven-speed PDK ‘box as standard. All have a four-wheel drive, a rear-biased system that varies torque across the back axle.

Then there’s the Macan S, equipped with a new 3.6-litre V6 biturbo petrol engine producing 340bhp and 340lb ft and hitting 158mph and 62mph in 5.4.

Top of the tree is the Macan Turbo, which uses a boosted version of the same engine to give 400bhp, 406lb ft, and 0-62 mph in 4.8 and 165mph.