Back in April, Porsche unveiled the entry-level Macan in China as the market demanded a smaller engine for company’s crossover. The new Macan arrived at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show a.k.a. Auto China 2014 on April 20. Powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, the new Macan is expected to outsell the V6-powered versions in China due to the reduced fuel consumption but also due to the reduced fuel consumption tax of 12 percent.
The bigger 3.0-liter V6 engine has a 25 percent fuel consumption tax. The bad news is that this four-cylinder version of the Macan will not arrive in markets such as Germany and France due to the fact that all the left-hand-drive production of this model is built for China.
According to a Porsche spokesman, the demand will be strong in China, but the company doesn’t expect the same interest from right-hand-drive Asian markets such as Japan. As a result, the 2.0-liter Porsche Macan is expected to sell in very small numbers in the United Kingdom.
This means that Porsche will offer again a four-cylinder car in Europe, after the 968 which was sold in 1995. Regarding the entry-level Macan this version carries the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine found also on the Golf GTI and capable to deliver 237 hp (177 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.
Using a PDK automatic transmission, this engine pushes the Macan from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.9 seconds and offers a fuel consumption of 7.5 litres/100 km or 31.3 mpg.
Moreover, the Macan has CO2 emissions of 168 g/km, while the V6-powered version emits 204 g/km. The entry-level Macan will have a price tag of 40,276 pounds or 48,980 euros in the UK.
The cheapest V6-powered Macan models costs 43,000 pounds. Regarding the design, the greener Porsche Macan will come as standard with only two tail pipes instead of four, as well as with 18-inch alloy wheels.
As an option, Porsche offers the panoramic roof, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and the front and rear Park Assist.
If you don’t like the entry-level Macan, you can always go for the Macan Turbo version, which uses a 3.6-liter V6 biturbo engine that delivers 394 hp (294 kw) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds (4.6 seconds with Sport Chrono package), while top speed is limited at 266 km/h or 165.2 mph.