Believe it or not, Porsche's best-selling model is not the legendary 911 or the Boxster roadster. In fact—it's not even close. The maker of those storied sports cars ended up selling more of its Cayenne sport-utility vehicles in North America in 2012 than any other model in its lineup.
Thousands of units more, in fact. So it's clear what Porsche is thinking here: make the Cayenne smaller, lighter and more affordable. Doing so would allow them to compete in a fast-growing segment of more-affordable luxury compact SUV/Crossovers.
The answer to the question that no one really asked until recently is the upcoming 2014 Porsche Macan, a $45,000-ish new compact SUV/Crossover all set to be revealed this November at the LA Auto Show. The car will most likely come with flat-six power, as well as a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder which Porsche has been working on for some time now. To cut costs, the engine is developed from existing Audi technology.
We'll see AWD, a 7-speed PDK transmission, and without a shadow-of-a-doubt, exemplary handling.
The Macan will aim the address the single biggest criticism with the Cayenne: despite the car's electronic driving wizardry, it has trouble carrying around all that heft. Will the new Macan be successful? We think so.
Look for it in Porsche dealerships in mid-2014 at an MSRP of around $45,000.