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The Porsche Macan is getting closer to becoming a production vehicle, with an expected launch to come sometime in 2013, and our spy photographers have snapped some new pics of the baby Cayenne running around in the winter.

The Macan borrows its underpinnings from the Audi Q5, though Porsche designers have made it clear that this is not just a re-badged Audi, it is an all-new vehicle.

Powertrains are still mostly a mystery, though expect the Macan to borrow most of its powerplants from the Q5. Among the candidates, the Macan could get the hybrid drivetrain used in the Audi Q5 Hybrid with a VW-sourced 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine being mated to a 44 hp electric motor. A non-hybrid 4-cylinder is also said to be slated for the Macan, though not until the middle of its life cycle. At the top of the heap, a 3.0-liter V6 with twin turbochargers making 370 hp and around 400 lb-ft of torque will likely sit under the hood.

Making sure that the styling of the Macan does not simply resemble a small Cayenne, Porsche designers have apparently been using the Range Rover Evoque as a benchmark, so expect the crossover to incorporate slightly harder edges that the smooth Cayenne SUV.


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