Preview: 2017 Porsche Macan
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.
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.
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.