Porsche Australia has revealed that a new variant of the smaller of the two SUVs they offer, the Macan, will be added. An entry-level version that significantly undercuts its more expensive counterparts by ditching the two of its previously standard cylinders.
This new four-pot breed of Macans were previously only available in China and latterly introduced in the North American market and its debut here marks an approximately $15k drop in the car’s entry price, due to arrive Q1 2017.
Starting at $76,610 (including on-road costs), the new base Macan for the 2017 model year features a 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder engine that’s turbocharged to produce 185kW and 370Nm - unfortunately not the flat-four seen in the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. That might mean performance won’t much of an issue for most buyers, but that more muscular six-cylinder soundtrack will be missing.
Like all Macans, it will be mated to a Porsche’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) with drive sent to all four corners. The automaker claims it can hit 100km/h in just 6.7 seconds (or 6.5 seconds with the optional Sports Chrono Package selected), which is a lot of poke to urge on the 1,770kg SUV . Another upside to the cylinder deficit is increased fuel economy, with it alleged to sip 7.4-litres/100km.
Standard features will include 19-inch wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with active dampers and the active all-wheel drive system in Porsche Traction Management (PTM), bi-xenon forward illumination, ParkAssist with reversing camera, Lane Departure Warning, Alcantara sports seats, tri-zone climate control, and Porsche’s most up-to-date infotainment setup PCM (or Porsche Communication Management) which includes satellite navigation. Sadly, Apple CarPlay support will cost you an extra $1,090.