Following Porsche’s two other major reveals of the 2016 New York International Auto Show, the 911 R and the 718 Boxster, the German automaker is set to add one more model to its 2017 lineup. The latest addition to Porsche’s ever-expanding Macan lineup, which includes the Macan S, Macan Turbo, and Macan GTS, is the 2017 Porsche Macan featuring an all new 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo.
Arranged in a straight line, contrary to the norm for Porsche 4-cylinder engines, the new inline-four is designed to be fun and economical according to Porsche. Operating with up to 14 psi of boost, charge-air cooling, direct injection, and variable valve timing, the new four-cylinder is certainly packed with technology. This variable valve timing, called VarioCam Plus, adapts the intake and exhaust camshaft continually while controlling the lift of the exhaust valves.
What does all of this fancy timing do for performance? Porsche says it makes 252 horsepower from 5,000 to 6,800 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque available between 1,600 rpm and 4,500 rpm. Like all other Macan models, the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is connected to Porsche’s standard seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission featuring Auto Start Stop technology.
Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is completed in 6.1 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package featuring launch control. Top track speed is 142 mph. As with most SUV’s featuring a four-cylinder, Porsche has used this motor to optimize fuel efficiency in conjunction with performance. According to the German automaker, the 2017 Porsche Macan can achieve 25 miles per gallon on the highway, 20 mpg in the city, and 22 mpg combined.
Other than the new engine, there is not much that distinguishes this new Macan from the other models. Viewed from outside of the car are matte black window surrounds and brake calipers in black while the unique dual exhaust pipes are finished in stainless steel. The front fascia and lava black side blades mirror the Macan S.
The Macan comes standard with Bi-Xenon™ headlights, 8-way power front seats, seat centers in Alcantara®, the newest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM), Piano Black interior package, and a lane departure warning system.
How much can one expect to pay for the 2017 Porsche Macan? The small SUV starts at $47,500, before the delivery fee of $1,050. Orders can be placed now for the new engine option with deliveries expected in July of 2016.
To watch the Macan’s first reveal at the LA Auto Show, check out our video below: