Porsche Macan Diesel Planned for US
V-6 Oil Burner Should Arrive Here in 2016
Speaking to Automotive News, vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America Inc., Andre Oosthuizen, confirmed that the United States would be getting a diesel-powered Macan compact SUV.
"We are now busy with the development and the engineering," Oosthuizen said. "I can confirm that V-6 diesel offering with about 245 hp."
The diesel V-6 will likely be the same one we get in the Cayenne, where it makes 240 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. It wouldn’t surprise us if Porsche turned up the wick a little bit for the diesel Macan to keep it fresh. It would be reasonable to expect about 420 lb-ft of torque from the diesel that finds its way into the Macan, with a commensurate power and torque increase for the Cayenne as well.
In our hands, the current Cayenne diesel hit 60 mph from a stop in 6.9 seconds. We’d bet that the Macan will do the same sprint a tenth or two quicker, and if it doesn’t beat the EPA’s fuel-economy estimates for the larger Cayenne, we’ll be pretty disappointed. The larger Porsche is rated at 20 city/29 highway mpg, and in our testing, we saw 29.2 mpg. You can probably count on the Macan diesel to hit at least 30 mpg.
The Macan four-cylinder that’s available in some European markets likely won’t ever come to the US. Last week, Porsche cancelled plans for a four-cylinder baby Boxster (rumored to be called 718), so it’s clear that the company may not be interested in chasing the sales volume inherent in cheaper four-pot models.
In a remark made to Automotive News, Oosthuizen said that there isn’t enough production capacity to support a US version of the I-4 Macan, so for now, the focus will be on the six-cylinder Macan Diesel, Macan S, and Macan Turbo.
Source: Automotive News