The new Porsche Macan is likely to cost from around £40,000, according to a senior source at the German manufacturer.
The small SUV, which is due on sale early next year, is designed to be a smaller stablemate to the Cayenne and also compete with the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, both of which cost from around £30k.
Thomas Becki, Porsche's head of product and technical communications, told What Car?: "It has already been stated publicly that Porsche would be unlikely to sell a car for much less than 50,000 euros, so it would be safe to assume the Macan would start at roughly this price."
That would give the car an entry level price of around £45,000, substantially more than the £28,000 of the most basic X3. However, other company sources stated that the Macan, which shares some parts with the Q5, is "intended to offer an entry point to the Porsche range", and said it will be close in price to the Boxster roadster. That would give it a price of around £40k.
Becki also stated the Macan "will get unique Porsche engines", as well as a variety of others from the Volkswagen Group. A modified version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor from the VW Golf GTD and the company’s 3.0-litre V6 are likely to be the diesel options.
The petrol line-up is likely to include the turbocharged 2.0-litre from the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and a range-topping twin-turbo V6. Later in the Macan’s life cycle, a plug-in hybrid system (similar to the engine fitted in the new Panamera E-Hybrid), will also be added to the range.
Although the proposed pricing puts the Macan at substantially more than a Range Rover Evoque, Porsche is confident its new small SUV will be worth the extra outlay. "It will be as different from any other VW Group product as the Cayenne is from a Touareg," said Becki. "It will be a proper Porsche."