German sportscar maker Porsche has finally, rolled out the much-awaited Macan SUV in the Indian market with prices starting at Rs 1 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi.) However, at this point the launch announcement seems like a mere formality than anything else, as it has been reported that the model has been sold out in the global market. In the Indian market too, all the units of the Macan SUV that were earmarked for the year 2014 have already found their respective owners.
The SUV with the sportscar DNA will be offered in two trim levels: Porsche Macan Turbo Petrol that has been priced at Rs 1.11 crore, while the Porsche Macan S Diesel will retail at Rs 1 crore. (Both prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi.) The base diesel engine is a 3.0-litre V6 unit that puts out 258PS and 580Nm, while the top-end Macan Petrol gets served by a 3.6-litre V6 unit that is rated at 400PS and 500Nm. Both engines come mated to the Porsche’s 7-Speed PDK gearbox. The petrol engine powered Macan SUV sprints from 0 to 100 kmph in mere 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 266 kmph, while the Macan S Diesel achieves the feat in 6.3 seconds with a top speed 230 kmph.
The Macan SUV is based on the same platform as the Audi Q5 and measures 4,699mm in length, 1,923mm in width and 1,624mm in height. Tech and safety features equipped in the Porsche Macan includes, hill descent control, torque vectoring and active suspension, an off-road package that lifts the ride height by 40mm, fully variable all-wheel drive, lighting package, bi-xenon headlamps, three-zone climate control and electronically operated tail-gate - to name a few.
In the Indian market, the Porsche Macan SUV competes with the likes of Audi Q5, the BMW X3, Mercedes Benz ML-Class and the Range Rover Evoque in terms of size and purpose. On the price front, the Macan SUV retails for almost as twice the price of its rivals. The model is built at Porsche’s plant in Leipzig, Germany and is brought into the county via the CBU route.
Commenting on launch of the Porsche Macan, Anil Reddi, director of Porsche India said, “We have selectively reached out to our Indian clientele and we are enthused with the response. India as a market has got a certain allocation and we are sold out in India for the moment. Given the demand, we are requesting our HQ for priority allocation for India despite our small volumes.”