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Porsche reveals new Macan crossover

Porsche has revealed its new Macan crossover model ahead of its launch in the UK in the summer.

The new model is based on an Audi Q5 and will be priced from £43,300.

The Macan will compete with the Range Rover Evoque and BMW X3.

At launch, there are three models on offer, all with four-wheel drive and a seven speed PDK gearbox hooked up to a V6 engine.

The Macan S comes with a 335bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 for a 0-62mph time of 5.2sec (with the optional Sports Chrono package). The 394bhp Macan Turbo 3.6-litre twin-turbo will hit 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds.

The 242bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel will still hit 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds and will return 46.3mpg.

Porsche Traction Management (PTM), Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) come as standard across the range, while Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus is an optional extra.

Launching the car at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche president and chief executive officer Mattias Muller said: "We have been accused of being controversial in the past when we launched the Cayenne but when people got in the car they soon realised that it drove like a true Porsche and it brought new customers to the brand.

"Now we are bringing Porsche capabilities to the booming compact SUV segment and the Macan will make the marque accessible to many people who did not think they would one day own a Porsche."

The Macan - which is the Indonesian word for tiger - will be built at Porsche's Leipzig plant at a rate of 50,000 a year.

Sales and marketing chief Bernhard Maier said the new model will become a mainstay of the Porsche range. He added: "Demand for urban SUVs has been rising fast and we can now provide a competitor with all the power and performance of a Porsche, and it can go off road as well.

"The core of our brand is intelligent performance and we can now bring that to more people with our new entry level model."

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