Could this be the start of a new era of smaller Porsche engines?
The Porsche Macan has just had its official unveiling and isn't even yet available in showrooms, but there's already word coming in about its future engine options. As of now, it'll only be offered with a choice of two V6s, but that will soon change. Porsche insiders have just revealed the SUV will be offered with four-cylinder engines "in the foreseeable" future. In other words, the Macan will be the first Porsche to offer a four pot engine since the 968, which ended production back in 1995.
Both diesel and gasoline four cylinder options are expected for the 2015 model year, and a 2.0-liter turbo four with 280 horsepower will likely serve as the entry level engine. A 2.0-liter turbo diesel will be optional. The diesel is guaranteed for Europe but it's still unclear whether Porsche will decide to ship it to the US. What's interesting here is that the new turbo four gasoline engine could also wind up in other existing models, such as the Boxster and Cayman. When or if this happens is still uncertain. Don't be shocked if it does.