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When Porsche unveiled the new Macan at the LA Auto Show, it announced two powerplants for the US market, both of them twin-turbo V6s: the Macan S equipped with 340 horsepower from its 3.0-liter engine, and the Macan Turbo with 400 horses from 3.6 liters. But those aren't the only engines Porsche will offer in its new compact crossover. Porsche is also offering the Macan S Diesel overseas with 258 hp, and reports have since indicated that a pair of four-cylinder models on their way: a 2.0-liter turbo four with 280 hp and four-pot turbodiesel of the same capacity with an as-yet undisclosed output.

Now Car and Driver is reporting that while those four-cylinder engines won't be making the transatlantic voyage to our shores, Porsche will offer the aforementioned Macan S Diesel in North America beginning in early 2015, nearly a year after the gas V6 versions arrive.

The 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 is based on the same engine found in the Cayenne Diesel and the Audi Q5 TDI on which the Macan is based. Of course, its 248 hp is substantially less than the 340 ponies in the Macan S, but its 413 pound-feet of torque outshines not only the 339 lb-ft in the Macan S but also the 406 lb-ft in the Macan Turbo. Acceleration times, however, suggest the Macan S Diesel is still slower, with a 6.3-second run to 62 mph than neither the Macan S (5.4 sec) or Macan Turbo (4.8). The good news is that the Macan S Diesel is tipped to undercut the price of both, dropping the oil-burning crossover's MSRP below that of the $49,900 starting price for the Macan S and the $49,600 for the base Cayenne. If that C/D prediction comes to pass, that will make it the Macan S Diesel most affordable Porsche sold.

Which version of the Macan would you buy?
Macan S Diesel 4133 (52.6%)
Macan S 996 (12.7%)
Macan Turbo 2253 (28.7%)
I'm not sure 477 (6.1%)


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      hoofhearted
      • 1 Year Ago
      Someone explain to me why this thing gets a 400 HP engine and the Cayman S doesn't.
        montoym
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hoofhearted
        The 911. Porsche doesn't want the Cayman to outshine the 911, so they purposely handicap it by not giving it the more powerful engines and keeping it's performance just below the 911.
          hoofhearted
          • 1 Year Ago
          @montoym
          So Porsche puts turbo variants with huge HP/Tq numbers in all it's models including the 911, Panamera, Cayenne, and Macan but not the Cayman because it has the potential to be the best car. What a kick in the groin. Thanks for the reply, but I was actually not expecting any answer to my question to make any sense because a 400 HP CUV just doesn't make any sense to me.
      ccweems
      • 1 Year Ago
      The reason why Porsche is reluctant to bring in the 4 cylinder models is simple greed. They know the Macan will be sold out no matter what the engine is. Sales of Macan S's and Turbos will bring far more revenue than one with cheaper engines and their requisite cheaper trim levels. They'll have no reason to sell these cheaper models until capacity exceeds demand and they feel pressure from cheaper competitors. Don't hate on them for making reasonable business decisions. I'm sure VW, Audi and BMW are glad that Porsche's capacity is so limited.
      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's be real:they need a 4 cylinder. I mean, what's the point of having two differently sized CUVs costing the same? That's like Toyota making the V6 standard on the Rav4 and pricing it within a few hundred of the Highlander. A Macan 4 cylinder, realistically should cost no more than $41-$43 k. I think the problem is that they are still looking for a suitable engine for the car. Since the next Boxster is rumored to have a turbo flat 4 putting out around 270 hp, it seems logical that the engine makes its way into the Macan.
      Joey Franklin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really wish they would bring over the turbo 4 gas engine with a starting price in the low 40\'s, but i also wish Jaguar would sell me the F Type Coupe for that price too.
      mikec379
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would consider the turbodiesel here in the US over the Range Rover Evoque
      James Dailey
      • 1 Year Ago
      4-cylinder turbo with a *manual* transmission is the only thing that interests me. Otherwise it's just another Audi Q5 derivative. Automatics are fine, but they're just not very engaging to drive. The whole point of a Porsche is that it should be engaging to drive.
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      where's the option of "I can't afford it"?
      Robbie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everyone on Autoblog would buy the diesel. Everyone in the real world won't
        shomegrown
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robbie
        The diesel is the most popular engine in the Cayenne - even in the US.
      djpatrick35
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this a real question on meat-headed autophile Autoblog?!?!?!?! I said good day Autoblog... I SAID GOOD DAY!
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lots of space, low price, underpowered diesel engine - This is perfect for hockey moms who want a fancy brand, but don't care about performance.
        en fuego buddha
        • 7 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6

        A diesel's horsepower isn't a good direct comparison to that of a petrol engine. I think you'd be hard pressed to find many enthusiasts who would call a diesel small crossover with 258 hp and 428 pound-feet of torque "underpowered." (fyi the numbers listed by autoblog above appear to be slightly incorrect)

      ralphie
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if the entry level model will get a manual like it does on the cayenne.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      I always wanted a Porsche when I was growing up, now that I have the funds to buy one I would rather have a Model S.
        en fuego buddha
        • 7 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg

        Panamera would (quite easily) get my vote over the Model S... but is anyone really cross shopping the Macan with the Model S?

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