Preview: 2017 Porsche Macan

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Porsche is extending its compact Macan SUV lineup by adding a new, entry-level Macan model with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and an MSRP of $52,700 in Canada.

The turbocharged 2.0-litre engine in the Macan delivers 252 hp from 5,000 to 6,800 rpm and comes standard with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, like all Macans. As a result, the Macan delivers impressive acceleration: It is capable of reaching 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, and with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the time is reduced to 6.5 seconds. The top speed is 229 km/h.

The new engine is designed to be particularly sporty and efficient: It operates with up to two bar of boost pressure, charge-air cooling, petrol direct injection and variable valve timing. VarioCam Plus adapts the intake and exhaust camshaft continually and also controls the lift of the exhaust valves.

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Like all Porsches, the Macan is capable of converting its engine power into exceptionally sporty driving dynamics. This is ensured by the standard Porsche Traction Management active all-wheel drive, along with an agile suspension and precise steering. An air suspension system with levelling control including the PASM with adaptive dampers is available as an option.

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Visually, and in its features, the new entry-level model only differs from other more powerful models in its details. Exterior distinguishing characteristics are side window trim strips in black, black brake callipers nestling inside the 18-inch wheels, and an exhaust system with two single tailpipes made of brushed stainless steel. Many of the vehicle’s standard features are the same as those in the S models. For example, the Macan has comfort seats with electric eight-way adjustment on the driver’s side, Alcantara seat inserts, the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM), a lane-departure warning system and a powered tailgate.

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