Macan won’t be a ‘Porsche hat’ on the Audi Q5’s chassis


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Porsche MacanPorsche says that their compact SUV Macan will be radically different from the Audi Q5 on which it’s based.

Dr. Wolfgang Hatz, Head of R&D at Porsche assures that the Macan is not an Audi Q5 with Porsche hat on, as it’s going to be completely different from the Q5 in terms of dynamics.

The Porsche Macan is sub-Cayenne SUV which will be showcased at the next Frankfurt Motor Show. This model holds a lot of promise in India, and Porsche India is expecting this launch to bring them volumes and new customers.

According to Dr.Hatz the car has new engines, transmissions and suspensions. He said “Audi can’t believe what we’ve done.”

He assured his colleagues in Audi that there is no need for them to be scared of Macan robbing the Q5’s sales, because the customer base and requirements are completely different for the brands and they do not interfere with each other.

Read our review of the Audi Q5 3.0 TDI

Porsche’s baby Cayenne will be the first car from the Stuttgart firm to be powered by the new family of downsized four cylinder engines, however they won’t be offered at the beginning of the Macan’s innings.

As with the other Porsches the Macan’s talking point will be the way it handles and delivers performance. The compact SUV is expected to go on sale shortly after its Frankfurt debut and will set its eyes on the well-received Range Rover Evoque.


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