Porsche India Pvt Ltd has launched the entry—level Macan luxury crossover for the Indian market at an ex-showroom Kolkata price of Rs. 97.71 lakh. Bookings of the model have commenced already with deliveries expected sometime between the last two months of 2016. The Stuttgart-based manufacturer’s introduced the new 2.0-litre turbo petrol mill in March 2016 and the first phase of its availability was scheduled for June on international markets such as Germany.
Apart from the entry-level Macan, the crossover has three other engine options such as the Macan S with 335 bhp V6, Macan S Diesel with 254 bhp V6 and the range-topping Macan Turbo with a twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre petrol motor generating 394 bhp and 550 Nm of torque.
Carrying the Porsche’s small-displacing trend as in the new 718 Boxster, the 2.0-litre, direct-injected,turbocharged, petrol motor in the Macan can operate with up to two bars of boost pressure and can develop a maximum power output of 248 hp between 5,000 and 6,800 rpm while 370 Nm of peak torque is delivered between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm.
The engine is linked with a standard seven-speed PDK (Porsche Doppel Kupplung) dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all the four wheels and the multi-plate clutch is electronically controlled. However, it is predominantly rear driven and the rear wheel section is larger than the front. In situations, the power is effectively distributed via Automatic Brake Differential.
It can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in just 6.7 seconds and the optional Sport Chrono package will make it faster by two tenths. The top speed of the Macan crossover is claimed at 229 kmph and the air suspension system has been offered at an extra cost in foreign markets. Tipping the weighing scale at 1,770 kg, the Macan is the lightest SUV ever made by Porsche and has been said to be the sports car of the SUV segment.
Rivalling against the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG, it measures 4681mm long, 1923mm wide and 1624mm high and is built on the MLB platform with longitudinal engine and gearbox layout while sharing 30per cent components with the Audi Q5 like multi-link front and rear suspension. Electrically adjustable driver’s seat, auto rear hatch, electric folding mirrors, side window trim strips in black, black brake calipers, 18-inch alloy wheels, two single piece tailpipes made of brushed stainless steel, multi-functional three-spoke steering wheel, dual-zone climate and tyre pressure monitoring system are some of the standard equipment on offer.
The upgrades will include Bi-Xenon headlights and adaptive cruise control. The designers have adopted 911 styling cues to the crossover and it is smart and appreciable compared to the Panamera or the Cayenne. Other key features in the Porsche Macan are latest version of Porsche Communication Management (PCM), lane-departure warning system and Alcantara middle seat panels.