We've heard rumors about Porsche's smaller-sized SUV to join the Cayenne in the company's lineup for nearly two years. For a long time, it was referred to somewhat tongue in cheek by journalists as the "Cajun" or "Cayenne Junior." This name was used frequently enough that some began to believe it would be the name for the production model. In February 2012, Porsche officially debunked the Cajun rumors and announced the official name for the new SUV would be Macan, Indonesian for tiger.

Based on the Audi Q5's MLB longitudinal platform, the Macan promises to bring a whole new level of performance to the compact-luxury-crossover segment. The styling shows an immediate family resemblance to the larger Cayenne, but with a steeper rear glass angle and a proportionally wider rear section, giving it a purposeful athleticism.

Powertrains have not yet been officially announced, but we believe engines will consist primarily of V-6s, at least one of them turbocharged and, as with its big brother Cayenne, will be offered in S and Turbo trims. The Macan may also be offered with a diesel option for European and international markets, but this may not come to the U.S., at least not initially. The official introduction of the Macan could come as soon as the Los Angeles auto show in November or the Detroit show in January.