The newest Porsche, a baby crossover inspired by the larger Cayenne SUV and a key driver of the automaker's ambitious sales goals, has been spotted uncovered on the roads of Europe.
The Macan -- Indonesian for tiger -- goes on sale in 2013 as a 2014 model with a big job: draw younger, mostly urban customers to the Porsche fold.
Previously known by its codename of Cajun -- short for Cayenne Junior -- the Macan is decidedly smaller than the Cayenne, Porsche's first SUV.
The Macan will share a platform with Audi's Q5 and upcoming Q6 crossovers and is expected to be powered by Porsche's first four-cylinder engine since the 968 was phased out in 1995.
It was photographed undergoing prototype testing near Porsche's headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
Porsche plans to build 50,000 Macans a year at a factory in Leipzig, Germany, starting next year.
In addition to the Audi Q5, the Macan will go head-to-head primarily with the Range Rover Evoque, Mercedes-Benz GLK and BMW X3.