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New Macan to bow at NY Auto Show, 911R and 718 Boxster to make US debut

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Porsche Macan was made official yesterday in an announcement by Porsche detailing it vehicle lineup at the New York International Auto Show — which includes the North American debut of the 911R and 718 Boxster.

While we’re excited about the chance to examine the two sports cars in person, the real news is the addition of the base Macan after a year which saw the Macan S, Turbo, and GTS hit the market.

The Macan will be powered by a turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that makes 252 horsepower from 5,000 to 6,800 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm. The 2.0-liter engine features a single turbocharger pushing 14 psi of boost, direct injection, variable valve timing, Porsche’s VarioCam Plus, and is connected to a seven-speed PDK automatic transmission. Porsche does not mention in its press release the engine’s origins, but a spokesperson confirmed that it is a VW Group mill with an iron block and aluminum heads, and displaces 1,984cc.

The powertrain scoots the 3,902-pound compact SUV — the lightest Macan by 210 pounds — from 0-60 miles per hour in 6.1 seconds and to a top speed of 142 mph. The EPA rates fuel economy at 25 miles per gallon on the highway, 20 mpg in the city, and 22 mpg combined.

The Macan is distinguished visually from its better-endowed stablemates with matte black window surrounds, black brake calipers, and unique stainless steel exhaust pipes. The front fascia and black “side blades” are shared with the Macan S. Bi-Xenon lights are standard.

The interior comes standard with 8-way power front seats, Alcantara seat centers, the newest PCM infotainment system, lane change warning system, and Piana Black interior package.

Priced at $47,500 (excluding destination fee of $1,050), the Macan will be Porsche’s least expensive model when it hits dealer showrooms in July 2016. Scroll down for Porsche's press release on its NY Auto Show, which includes the Macan announcement.

Source: Porsche

Porsche Press Release

Porsche Announces New York Auto Show Line-up

North American debut of Porsche 911 R, 718 Boxster, and Macan

Atlanta, Georgia. The New York International Auto Show will be host to three North American debuts for Porsche this year. The 911 R and the 718 Boxster both represent the latest interpretation of driving pleasure and dynamics in their respective segments. The 911 R is a pure, uncompromised driving machine with a naturally-aspirated, 500 horsepower engine mounted in the rear. The 718 Boxster features extensive chassis enhancements and an all-new turbocharged, mid-mounted flat-four cylinder engine. The 718 Boxster is powered by a 2.0 liter engine developing 300 horsepower, while the 718 Boxster S utilizes a 2.5 liter powerplant making 350 horsepower. The third debut, the Macan, is driven by a sporty and highly efficient turbocharged 2.0 liter inline-four cylinder engine.

Four Macan Models Now Available

Porsche is expanding its line-up of compact SUVs with a new variant of the Macan. Following the introduction of the Macan S, Macan Turbo, and most recently the Macan GTS models, the four-cylinder turbocharged engine in this model is tailored for use in the sports car of the SUV segment. As is characteristic for all Porsche models, the Macan is capable of converting its engine power into impressive driving dynamics using the standard active all-wheel drive with Porsche Traction Management PTM, as well as the agile suspension and precise steering. Air suspension with load-leveling control and the PASM system with adaptive dampers are optionally available. Weighing only 3,902 pounds, the Macan is the lightest SUV made by Porsche, which translates into particularly agile handling.

Sporty turbocharged four-cylinder

The new inline-four engine is designed to be sporty and efficient. It operates with up to 14 PSI of boost pressure, charge-air cooling, direct injection, and variable valve timing. VarioCam Plus adapts the intake and exhaust camshaft continually and also controls the lift of the exhaust valves. Thanks to 252 hp from 5,000 to 6,800 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque available between 1,600 rpm and 4,500 rpm, overtaking maneuvers are completed confidently.

Like all other Macan models, the turbocharged 2.0 liter engine in the Macan is connected to a standard seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission featuring Auto Start Stop technology. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is completed in 6.1 sec with the optional Sport Chrono Package featuring Launch Control. Top track speed is 142 mph. In terms of fuel consumption, the new Macan proves to be particularly efficient with an estimated improvement of up to 18 percent compared to the Macan S. Fuel economy values from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are 25 miles per gallon on the highway, 20 mpg in the city, and 22 mpg combined.

Extensive level of standard equipment

Visually and in terms in of equipment, there is little that separates the new Macan from the rest of the family. Distinguishing exterior characteristics are matte black window surrounds and brake calipers in black, while the unique dual exhaust pipes are finished in stainless steel. The front fascia and lava black side blades match the Macan S. The Macan comes standard with Bi-Xenon™ headlights, 8-way power front seats, seat centers in Alcantara®, the newest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM), Piano Black interior package, and a lane departure warning system.

The 2017 Macan is available to order now with deliveries expected in July 2016. The Macan starts at $47,500, excluding delivery, processing, and handling fee of $1,050.

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