Future Models - Porsche 2017 Macan
Porsche delays four-cylinder Macan
Just wait: Porsche’s four-cylinder Macan will become the German company’s most affordable model when it lands in Australia in 2017.
Backlog of Macan orders forces Porsche Australia to push back four-cylinder launch
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10 March 2016
HARD-PRESSED to keep up with demand for six-cylinder versions of its wildly
popular Macan SUV, Porsche Cars Australia (PCA) has decided to delay the
introduction of the four-cylinder variant until 2017.
Global demand for the new entry-level Porsche is just about to get a whole lot
greater with the announcement that the four-pot Macan will be launched in North
America – one of Porsche’s biggest markets – at this month’s New York motor
When it finally arrives in Australia sometime next year, the Audi-sourced
185kW/370Nm 2.0-litre petrol Macan will be priced below the current most
affordable variant, the $91,900 (plus on-roads) Macan S Diesel.
As such, it could be expected to draw even more buyers to the brand – demand
that the overstretched Macan factory in Leipzig will struggle to relieve any
time soon, especially with US customers now banging on the door.
PCA public relations director Paul Ellis told GoAuto today that Australian
Macan buyers were already having to wait an average of four to five months for
delivery of six-cylinder Macans.
He said the waiting period for some variants, such as the S Diesel, could be
slightly less, and for the high-performance GTS, somewhat more.
As GoAuto reported in February, the queue is down from the 10-month waiting
list of last year, thanks to some extra deliveries from Germany.
Mr Ellis said PCA did not see the point in adding to the queues by introducing
the four-cylinder Macan at this stage.
“We are not about oversupplying the market,” he said.
Mr Ellis declined to say when the four-cylinder Macan could have been launched,
had supply been available.
In Australia, the Macan is already PCA’s top-selling model by some margin,
accounting for more than half of all sales in this market.
So far this year, PCA has delivered 540 Macans, a rise of 110 per cent over the
first two months of 2015.
Meanwhile, PCA has announced upgrades and price rises for its second-best
seller, the Cayenne SUV flagship, for the 2017 model year.
The price rises vary across the range, from $1800 for base models to $4900 for
the S Diesel.
All variants now get the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system
digital radio as standard, bringing sat-nav and voice control with a seven-inch
screen, along with digital radio.
Porsche Connect Plus becomes a $590 option, bringing Apply CarPlay via the new
PCM that is being rolled out across all other Porsche models.
The base Cayenne and Cayenne Diesel get active suspension and 14-way power
front seats that were previously optional.
The Cayenne range now starts at $107,900 (plus on-roads) for the Cayenne Diesel
and tops out at $287,500 for the Cayenne Turbo S.
Porsche dealers have already started taking orders for the updated Cayenne,
with deliveries expected to start late in the third quarter of this year.
So far this year, Cayenne sales are up 46.6 per cent, to 277 units.
2017 Porsche Cayenne pricing*
|Cayenne Diesel (a)
|Cayenne S E-Hybrid (a)
|Cayenne S (a)
|Cayenne S Diesel (a)
|Cayenne GTS (a)
|Cayenne Turbo (a)
|Cayenne Turbo S (a)
*Excludes on-road costs