Back in November, Porsche launched the Macan crossover in three versions: one powered by a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine, one using a 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine and the turbo version powered by a 3.6-liter V6 powerplant. According to AutoExpress, it appears that the German carmaker is currently developing a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with horizontally opposed pistons.
Dr. Thomas Casper a.k.a. Porsche’s manager of transmission and drivetrain development said that the sound of the engine is a top priority of the company. Still, he promised that the four-cylinder Macan will be a proper Porsche.
The new engine that will be found on the Macan will be closely related to the four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine used by the new Porsche LMP1 hybrid prototype that will compete in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.
Porsche is expected to use this engine in the Boxster and Cayman in order to make them these models more affordable. But, if you want a sporty Macan you’d better go for the Turbo version, powered by the 3.6-liter V6 biturbo engine rated at 394 hp (294 kW).
With this engine, the Macan Turbo hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds (4.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package) and has a top speed of 266 km/h (165.2 mph).
Fuel consumption of the Macan Turbo is 8.9 l/100 km. If you are a fan of diesel engines, the Macan S Diesel is the one for you. This model is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine developing 254 hp (190 kW) and is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds, while the top speed is limited at 230 km/h or 143 mph.
The new Porsche Macan has an assertive front end as defined partly by large air intakes. These apertures -- typical of Porsche – underscore the performance nature of the Macan. Interestingly, the air intakes on the left and right sections of the Macan Turbo feature stylistic elements called C-blades.
Porsche intended the wraparound bonnet of the Macan to give the sports crossover a broad yet powerful appearance, as underscored by its size and precession lines. This visually impressive bonnet wraps around the headlights and extends to the wheel arches. Its seamless surface gives the new Macan a clean front end, allowing the new SUV from Porsche to boast of an elegant yet dynamic look on the road.
When viewed from the sides, the new Macan reveals a sharp profile defined by its sporty sloping roof and by broad, sculpted wings as accentuated by feature lines flowing to the rear. These features lines, along with the edges of all lateral glass surfaces – also known as window graphics – and the shape of the D-pillar, pay tribute to the design of the Porsche 911 sports car.
Also apparent on the flanks of the Macan are the side blades located at the bottom of the front and rear doors. Optionally available in different materials, these side blades are essentially dynamically formed inserts that pay homage to the lower door seams on the 918 Spyder, just like the front door entry guard. When combined with the sophisticated door handles, these side blades make the doors seem narrower and the sides sportier and more streamlined.