ATLANTA – The 2017 Porsche Macan luxury crossover SUV will begin arriving at U.S. Porsche dealerships in March, priced at $68,195, including a $995 destination charge.
With the addition of the new Macan GTS, Porsche has extended the performance line that includes GTS versions of the 911, Boxster, Cayenne, Cayman and Panamera models.
Slotting in between the 340-horsepower Macan S and 400-hp Macan Turbo, the GTS variant is powered by the same 3.0-liter V6 engine as the S, modified and recalibrated to develop 360 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque.
It makes use of the all-wheel-drive powertrain from the Turbo, with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and traction-management system that Porsche says help give the Macan GTS a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds when outfitted with the optional Sport Chrono Package.
Air suspension with active management is standard, as are performance brakes with larger rotors and red calipers, six-piston in front and single-piston in the rear. Also standard are 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels finished in satin black.
The GTS interior features a standard leather package and unique sport seats, while the Porsche Communication Management system provides eight-speaker sound, USB ports, satellite radio and Bluetooth capability.
Options include an interior package with an upgraded tachometer, special stitching and embroidered GTS logos on the headrests, as well as a navigation module that features a 3D display, satellite image overlays and dynamic route calculation.
Also available are two uprated connectivity systems: Porsche Connect, with Apple CarPlay integration; and Porsche Connect Plus, which adds a WiFi hotspot and enhanced smartphone integration.
Top competitors to the Porsche Macan GTS include the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti QX70, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.
Edmunds says: Performance-minded shoppers in the market for a luxury crossover will want to check out the new 2017 Porsche Macan GTS.