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by Tim Beissmann

Official images of the Porsche Macan have been leaked, with scanned pages from an upcoming issue of a German magazine hitting the web overnight.

Though low-resolution, the images from Auto Motor und Sport reveal every angle of Porsche’s all-new premium mid-sized SUV, uncovering its entire exterior design for the first time, as well as providing a peek inside the cabin and under the bonnet.

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The vehicle pictured is believed to be a high-performance variant, potentially the Macan S or Macan Turbo, with the images aligning closely with spy shots captured by CarAdvice’s spy photographers in August.

A broad radiator grille flanked by large air intakes with twin LED daytime running light strips dominates the Cayenne-inspired front end. Bright red brake calipers, large alloy wheels and black skirts along the lower door frames define the profile, while slim tail-lights remain true to Porsche’s original sketches at the rear.

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The interior image reveals a three-spoke steering wheel, large central display screen, Cayenne-style vertical air vents, and a raked centre console with lines of buttons either side of the gear lever.

The same image also alludes to peak power outputs, quoting figures of 250kW (340PS) and 295kW (400PS) for the as-yet-unconfirmed engine line-up. Leaked slides purportedly shown at a Porsche dealer conference in Atlanta, US, in September indicated the range would feature two twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engines, a 3.0-litre in the Macan S and a 3.6-litre in the Macan Turbo.

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The Porsche Macan will be official unveiled at this month’s Los Angeles auto show. Production will begin at the brand’s assembly plant in Leipzig, Germany.

The Macan will offer a premium rival to the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque when it arrives in Australian showrooms in mid 2014.




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