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by Tim Beissmann

The interior of the Porsche Macan has been spied for the first time as development of the premium medium SUV continues in the lead-up to its official unveiling in 2013.

The spy images reveal the Macan cabin will take inspiration from its big brother, the Porsche Cayenne, but with a sharper, more modern design.

Like the Cayenne, the centre stack features a large, high-mounted infotainment screen flanked by vertical air vent columns. A bold border at the base of the screen and vents gives the Macan a cleaner and better-defined look than the Cayenne’s centre console.

The square angles are broken up by a silver line that hugs the instrument cluster and flows across the width of the dashboard, matching the curves of the exterior.

A signature three-spoke steering wheel continues the theme, sporting a silver hub and arms.

The Porsche Macan will arrive in Australian showrooms in 2014, becoming the sixth model in the manufacturer’s line-up, and the first all-new nameplate since the launch of the Panamera in 2009.

The mid-sized Macan will share some components with its Volkswagen Group sibling, the Audi Q5, and potentially some of its petrol and diesel engines in a higher state of tune.

Macan Turbo, Turbo S and Hybrid variants are all expected to follow sometime after the car’s initial launch.

Shots of the prototype’s exterior reveal the Macan will feature a stubby, rounded front overhang, broadly contoured door panels, a slim glasshouse, a tapered roofline with a raked rear window, and a tailgate and bumper that bubble out at the rear.

The plastic cladding covering the tail-lights is deliberately designed to look like the Cayenne, although earlier sketches suggest its rear lamps will be much slimmer, more in line with those on the new Porsche 911.

Stay tuned for more details on the all-new Porsche Macan ahead of its unveiling next year.




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