Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Four-Cylinder Porsche Macan Could Come to U.S. After All


When Porsche announced a new version of the Macan crossover with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine a couple of years ago, the automaker neither confirmed nor denied that the gas-fed four-pot Macan would be sold in the U.S. Certain global markets would receive the entry-level Macan, for sure, and just such a model already is on sale in the U.K. It’s our understanding that Porsche has indeed decided to bring the base Macan to the U.S., and we expect to see it officially confirmed soon.

Before you get too excited, the four-cylinder Macan uses a corporate VW Group inline four-cylinder engine—not the turbocharged flat-four fitted to the new 718 Boxster sports car. Even so, in Euro trim, the turbo four makes 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Until now, the U.S. market’s entry-level Macan has been the S, which is powered by a 340-hp twin-turbocharged V-6, with the (also twin-turbo V-6) 400-hp Macan Turbo topping the range and the extra-sporty Macan GTS recently slotting between those two.

Besides improving the Macan range’s fuel economy (as will the forthcoming V-6 diesel model, should emissions-battered VW Group feel compelled to send it to our lion pit), the four-cylinder also should drag the luxury crossover’s base price down below $50,000. (The Macan S starts at $53,650.) Based on its specs alone, the Macan’s four-cylinder engine appears to be similar to the unit fitted to the 2017 Audi A4. How the engine acquits itself in the heavier Porsche crossover is an open question—one that will need to wait for an official test.

from Car and Driver Blog

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