According to UK publication Auto Express, Porsche’s new Macan SUV will get its first preview at this fall’s Los Angeles Auto Show, ahead of a spring 2014 release. Which makes sense, since the U.S. is the auto maker’s number one market and, within that territory, California leads the state pack.
You’ll have to click through to see four exclusive pictures of the Macan. And read here to learn what the name means. The good news is that this SUV has a very reasonable MSRP of around $47,000 U.S. From the Express report:
The Macan will be based on the same modular MLB platform that underpins the Audi Q5, but with greater use of aluminium components. This will mean a weight saving of 130kg over the Q5 – more than the reduction the Audi A3 and other compact VW Group models achieved by adopting the MQB platform.
As with the Q5, the Macan will also be exclusively four-wheel drive from launch. Although the engine line-up has yet to be confirmed, Porsche is likely to use a range of six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, with four-cylinder versions appearing later in the car’s life cycle.
Writer Paul Bond frames the imminent arrival of the Macan as very bad news for Range Rover’s Evoque. Or as they like to say on Twitter, #firstworldproblems.