Porsche Macan GTS Will Offer Top CUV Performance, CEO Hints

Porsche expects sales to pass 200,000 this year, with 45,000 Macans to be delivered.

Heading for battle with the BMW X3, Mercedes GLK, Audi Q5and Range Rover Evoque, the Porsche Macan is scheduled to arrive in showroomsshortly. The company’s small crossover, joining its best-selling Cayenne, isexpected to boost Porsche’s worldwide sales, sending them over the 200,000 markin 2014. Now, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller is hinting that the German automakerwill also offer a line-topping, high-performance Macan GTS.

Along with its bigger brother, the Macan isexpected to turn Porsche into an SUV manufacturer that also happens to makesports cars. The two models are expected to make up 64 percent of company salesnext year, with sports cars accounting for 24 percent and the remainder carriedby the Panamera four-door coupe. However, a Macan GTS could bring some of Porsche’straditional sporting capabilities into the small SUV category. Until its introduction, the Macan line will be based on the Macan S and the 400-hp MacanTurbo, which should offer enough sporting and speed for most crossovershoppers.

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