Porsche Macan 4cyl engine confirmed

10 Dec, 2013 12:57pm Jack Rix

Porsche Macan SUV will get four-cylinder petrol engine by end of 2014

The Porsche Macan will be offered with a four-cylinder petrol engine by the end of 2014, Porsche engineers have confirmed, ending speculation about when the new downsized engine will arrive.

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Speaking about the new engine Dr Thomas Casper, manager of transmission and drivetrain development said: “I can’t tell you the exact month, but sometime in 2014, perhaps at the end.”

Although a 2.0-litre TDI unit from the VW Group could always be installed, Casper confirmed that Porsche isn't developing its own four-cylinder diesel engine, only a petrol, expected to be turbocharged, 2.0-litre, with horizontally opposed pistons. Casper admitted the sound the engine makes is a “top priority,” but promised the four-cylinder Macan will still be a “proper Porsche".

The new engine is expected to be closely-related to the four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine fitted to Porsche's new hybrid LMP1 prototype, set to compete at Le Mans in 2014. 

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The new model will slot in below the three-launch models, which include a 335bhp 3.0 V6 bi-turbo in the Macan S, a 254bhp 3.0 V6 turbodiesel in the Macan S Diesel and a 394bhp 3.6 V6 bi-turbo in the range-topping Macan Turbo.

It is therefore expected to produce less than 300bhp but improve significantly on the Macan S’s economy figures of 32.5mpg and 204g/km.

In time this four-cylinder engine is expected to be fitted to the Boxster and Cayman, too, offering a new more affordable entry-point to Porsche ownership. A four-cylinder Boxster could start from around £35,000, while the Macan fitted with the new engine is expected to have a starting price of £40,000.