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Pros: The luxurious 2015 Porsche Macan already brags about offering unparalleled performance and excitement in the compact SUV/CUV segment, in large part thanks to powerful engines and brakes, as well as the driving dynamics of a sports car. At the same time, it can tow up to 3,500 kg (7,860 lb). Smaller than the Porsche Cayenne, the Macan will also prove easier to drive in the city.

Cons: Unlike its big brother, though, no diesel option has been announced for the Macan in Canada. Expect a firmer ride than most competitors. Finally, some people may not like its ultra-aggressive looks.
 
Porsche Macan S
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2015 Porsche Macan Price: The Macan will go on sale in Canada this spring starting at $54,300 in S trim, and $82,200 in Turbo trim (freight and delivery charges not included).

You'll find standard features such as dual-zone climate control, a multifunction sport steering wheel that's reminiscent of the 918 Spyder hybrid supercar, a 7” HD touchscreen, and heated leather seats. Numerous options will be available to customize the interior of the Porsche Macan; for instance a 545W Bose or 1,000W Burmester audio system, plus Dark Burl Walnut or Carbon finishes.

2015 Porsche Macan Fuel Economy: It's still too early to know the official fuel ratings for the Macan in Canada. However, the German automaker promises an average of 8.7-9.0L/100km with the base engine, and 8.9-9.2L/100km with the more powerful engine.

Design: The Porsche Macan (whose name is the Indonesian word for “tiger”) became Porsche's first-ever compact SUV after making its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November. Visually, this model features headlights and taillights that were styled after the 918 Spyder, “side blades” at the bottom of the front and rear doors, a pair of dual tailpipes in the back, as well as 18” (S) or 19” (Turbo) alloy wheels as standard equipment (21” wheels are optional).

2015 Porsche Macan powertrain: The Macan S exploits a new 3.0L twin-turbo V6 engine that delivers 340 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque -- good for 0-100 km/h acceleration in 5.4 seconds. The 3.6L variant in the Macan Turbo produces 400 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to reach 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds. Both models team up with a 7-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission and all-wheel drive system.
 
Porsche Macan S
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Cargo Capacity: The trunk can hold 500 litres of gear; by folding the rear seats, you'll triple its capacity.

Safety: The 2015 Porsche Macan will stay on the right track with the help of Porsche Traction Management and stability control. For extra confidence, lane departure warning and lane change assist systems, active cruise control, and Porsche Active Safe technology are available. In the event of a collision, front, front-side, and curtain-side airbags will protect occupants.

Comparing the 2015 Porsche Macan: The compact luxury SUV/CUV segment is getting more and more crowded, not to mention extremely competitive. The Macan will square off against the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti QX50, Lexus RX, Lincoln MKC, Mercedes-Benz GLK, Range Rover Evoque, and Volvo XC60.