Confirmed: 2017 Porsche Macan Getting I-4 Option in U.S.
More Efficient Option Amid Uncertain Diesel Future
When the Porsche Macan debuted for the 2015 model year, it was offered with two engines in the U.S. market: a 3.0L and a 3.6L twin-turbo V-6. In other markets, it was also offered with a 3.0L diesel V-6, as well as a 2.0L turbocharged I-4. The U.S. will finally get one of those other engines, but not the one many were hoping for. Amid ongoing negotiations and pending fixes for the diesel emissions debacle engulfing the Volkswagen Group, Porsche is bringing the 2.0L I-4 gas turbo engine to the U.S. market for 2017 to offer buyers a lower-cost, more fuel-efficient option.
The 2.0L engine, as installed in the Macan, is rated at 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Like all Macans, it’s mated to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Porsche is claiming a 0-60 mph time of 6.1 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package with launch control and a top track speed of 142 mph. Porsche is claiming EPA fuel economy figures of 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. The Macan S and Turbo V-6 models are both rated at 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
The 3.0L TDI V-6 that Porsche was reportedly planning to offer in the U.S. (and still may) is rated at 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway in the Audi Q5, and 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway in the larger, heavier Porsche Cayenne SUV. The diesel option has proved surprisingly popular in the Cayenne, and before the emissions scandal, the company believed it could see similar success in the Macan.