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Spy Shots: Porsche Macan caught completely uncovered

By Brandon Turkus

Porsche Macan Spy Photo front three-quarter tight

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Porsche is preparing to launch its sub-Cayenne CUV, with a suspected debut at the 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show, which means we’re right about at the point where undisguised models start scampering around the cities and towns of Germany. Our spy photographers snagged just such a model, with only the headlights and taillights concealed by camouflage (no, those comically large lamps aren’t a production item).

The undisguised car looks like a tiny Cayenne. Not really surprising, we know, but it’s impressive to see how the Cayenne’s styling works with the smaller proportions of the Macan. It looks squat, athletic and poised, like it’s a small, “sporty” crossover we’d actually want to drive. Both the Macan and the Macan Turbo are shown, with the more powerful model sporting a set of quad exhausts.

The only big questions now concern the shape of the lights and the interior. From the photos, we can see a rough outline of the headlights, although the taillights are more difficult to discern. The interior remains a mystery.

Thankfully, LA is less than four months away, so we won’t have too long to wait to see a fully uncovered Macan.

Porsche Macan caught completely uncovered originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Land Rover planning entry-level 'baby' SUV?

By Zach Bowman

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Autocar reports Land Rover may be mulling a new, inexpensive SUV to slot below the company’s current offerings. John Edwards, global brand director for Land Rover, has confirmed his company’s product planners are currently evaluating the viability of a baby SUV. Edwards says he scan see such a model performing well in several markets, but has yet to see a convincing business case for bringing the machine to life right now. Other premium manufacturers are seriously pushing into the small CUV market with vehicles like the upcoming Porsche Macan, BMW X1 and even the Mini Countryman.

If the small Land Rover were to come to fruition, we could expect the car to carry an MSRP of around 18,000 pounds in the UK, or around $27,500 in the US at current conversion rates. Autocar reports the machine would likely borrow design cues from the beefy-looking Land Rover DC100 Concept as well as the upcoming Defender replacement.

Land Rover planning entry-level ‘baby’ SUV? originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Next Mercedes-Benz GLK to get AMG variant? Not likely…

By Zach Bowman

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK

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If you think Mercedes-Benz will slap an AMG badge on anything with wheels, think again. Word has it the German manufacturer will not offer buyers a performance version of the GLK, with Tobias Moers, director of AMG vehicle development, saying that he doesn’t see a market for the car. That’s not to say the picture won’t change in the near future, however. According to CarAdvice.com, AMG is keeping a close eye on the arrival of the Porsche Macan.

“Maybe there will be a change in the market when the Porsche [Macan] comes up,” Moers said, “but right now, no.”

The real hitch in the giddy-up seems to be cost. Moers says developing the machine into something worthy of an AMG would represent “a huge investment.” We can’t exactly argue with that. Fortunately, AMG buyers have plenty of Mercedes-Benz models to choose from.

Next Mercedes-Benz GLK to get AMG variant? Not likely… originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 15 Mar 2013 09:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Mercedes-Benz GLK coupe to get 2016 intro

By Jonathon Ramsey

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK - dead-on front view

Radio chatter around the emerging small, premium crossover coupe genre has thus far been dominated by the Land Rover Evoque and the Mini Paceman. According to a report in Car, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class (shown above) has received its invitation to the party and will spend the next three years getting ready: it’s said that two-door variant of the crisply-angled CUV is coming in 2016, along with a redesign befitting its sleeker intentions.

To be based on the MRA platform – the rear-drive version of the company’s three new modular platforms, it will also support the coming 2013 S-Class and could eventually get an AMG version to help it compete with segment offerings like the forthcoming Porsche Macan. Not much else is known about it beyond its name: Car says it will be called the GLC, a friendly nomenclature we remember best as a Mazda hatchback (allegedly for “Good Little Car”). Internet oldtimers may remember the Mazda GLC as the predecessor to the 323 (which in turn came before today’s Mazda3). Either way, the GLC is not to be confused with the larger upcoming BMW X6 rival based on the ML-Class (reportedly called GLS) which is also said to still be in the works, or the front-drive based GLA, a model also edging toward production.

Mercedes-Benz GLK coupe to get 2016 intro originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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