The Porsche Macan has been teased and leaked enough times; fortunately, all of that has come to an end. Here are the official details and pictures of the compact German SUV.
Porsche’s trademark design cues are all present. For instance, the side view window graphics, the sloping roof line — known at Porsche as the flyline — and the rear wings are said to be clear nods to the 911.
Though different in many, many ways, the small SUV rides on the same MLB platform that underpins the Audi Q5. It measures 4,699 mm long, 1,923 mm wide and 1,624mm tall, making it around 146 mm shorter, 16 mm narrower and 82 mm lower than its bigger brother. But while the Q5 is offered with both front- and all-wheel drive setups, Porsche’s small SUV will come exclusively with an all-wheel drive system with an off-road mode.
Other standard features include a multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles, a high-performance audio system, an electrically operated tailgate, and large wheels. The options list includes the German automaker’s air suspension system, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system, and Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus).
Three engines will be available at launch, with more to be added later on. Under the hood of the Macan S is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 340 horsepower. Working together with a double-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission, it enables a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration in 5.4 seconds (5.2 seconds when the optional Sport Chrono package is equipped), top speed of 158 mph (254 km/h), and fuel consumption between 8.7 to 9.0 liters / 100 km.
The Macan S Diesel is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo V6 making 258 hp, good enough for a 0 to 62 mph run of 6.3 seconds (6.1 seconds with Sport Chrono) and a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h). It delivers fuel consumption of between 6.1 to 6.3 liters, with CO2 emissions between 159 and 164 g/km.
Finally, there is the rang-topping Macan Turbo. Thanks to its 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 rated at 400 hp, it launches to 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds (4.6 seconds with Sport Chrono) on route to a top speed of 165 mph (266 km/h). Porsche claims fuel consumption between 8.9 to 9.2 liters / 100 km and CO2 emissions of between 208 and 216 g/km.
The 2015 Porsche Macan will first go on sales in its home market of Germany. Both the Macan S and Macan S Diesel will have a starting price of €57,930, while the Macan Turbo begins at €79,826 (VAT included). In the UK, the prices are £43,300, £43,300 and £59,300, respectively.
2020 Buick Enclave Brings New Sport Touring Package
Buick’s big SUV also gets a new infotainment system and optional surround-view camera system.
The Buick Enclave has received a few updates for its 2020 model year, most notable of which is a new Sport Touring package that gives it a sportier appearance.
Available on the Essence trim level, the ST package adds a unique body-color grille and 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with contrasting Satin Graphite pockets.
The 2020 Enclave also benefits from Buick’s next-gen infotainment system that’s standard on all models, complete with an 8-inch touchscreen. It can also be equipped with a new HD Rear Vision Camera, an HD Surround Vision systems, and a new, four-way power lumbar seat adjuster with a driver and front passenger massage feature that comes standard on Premium and Avenir editions.
The 2020 model year introduces three new exterior colors: Champagne Gold Metallic, Rich Garnet Metallic (Avenir only) and Dark Moon Blue Metallic.
Sales of the 2020 Buick Enclave begin in late summer 2019, with prices starting at $41,195 (including freight).
Kia Seltos Is A New Small SUV For The World
It’s a global vehicle, but will it be sold in North America?
Kia Motors used an event in Delhi India to unveil the Kia Seltos, a new compact SUV that will be sold in several markets around the world.
Positioned at the bottom of the company’s expanding crossover and SUV line-up, the new Seltos goes after “youthful, tech-savvy buyers” with a sharp design inside and out, and the tech and practicality millennials expect in vehicle of its size.
The exterior features a tall, upright front end characterized by a wide rendition of Kia’s trademark tiger nose grille flanked by LED headlights and 3D indicators, while horizontal lines on both ends help make the crossover look bigger than it actually is. It looks like a Kia.
Inside, the Seltos can be equipped with a 10.25-inch screen for the infotainment system, a head-up display, and ambient lighting that pulses to the beat of the music. A split-screen function let’s users customize the infotainment screen and view up to three menus at the same time.
Power can be provided by a 1.6-liter turbodiesel rated at 136 horsepower, a naturally-aspirated, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 149 horsepower, or a 177-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo four, while the gearbox options consist of a continuously variable transmission (CVT), a six-speed automatic, and a seven-speed dual-clutch.
Manufactured in both India and South Korea, the new, 2020 Kia Seltos goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2019. It’s not clear if it will be sold in the United States and Canada.
TRIVIA: The name Seltos comes from Greek mythology, particularly Hercules’ son Celtos. To make it appear sportier, Kia simply replaced the ‘C’ with an ‘S’.
Toyota, Subaru Team Up To Develop All-Electric SUV
Then makers of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are shifting some of their resources from sports cars to electric vehicles.
Toyota and Subaru are expanding their existing partnership to include the development of a new electric platform for midsize and large passenger vehicles. The platform will initially be used for a C-segment SUV that will be sold under each company’s own brand.
Subaru will provide its expertise in all-wheel drive technologies, while Toyota will bring its electrified vehicles know-how. By combing their respective strengths, they will be better be able to tackle market challenges surrounding electric vehicles, including development costs and battery supplies.
“The platform will be developed in a way that will make it broadly applicable to multiple vehicle types, including C-segment-class and D-segment-class sedans and SUVs, as well as to efficient development of derivative vehicle models,” the Japanese automakers stated in a press release.
Subaru and Toyota have collaborated on vehicle development since 2005, with their efforts resulting in the Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ sports cars and the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.