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One of these is likely to be a high-performance ‘Turbo’ variant, which is tipped to develop as much as 370 horsepower and establish a new niche for performance-oriented compact crossovers.
But a Macan Turbo model, for example, could really give Porsche’s new compact crossover an edge over rivals like the BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque.
The British magazine reports that a Porsche Macan Turbo is in the works and will likely come with a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine delivering up to 370 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. This engine is said to be a brand new unit under development at Porsche. It is expected to displace 3.0 liters and share much in common with the existing 3.6-liter V-6 found in the entry-level Cayenne and Panamera models.
Other models will include the base Macan, which is reported to debut a new four-cylinder engine with around 220 horsepower on tap, making it the first Porsche to offer such an option since the 968 bowed out of production in 1995. It’s said to be followed by a Macan Diesel, a Macan S, which is expected to sport a naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V-6, and possibly even a Macan S Hybrid running the same hybrid technology as Audi’s upcoming Q5 Hybrid. This makes sense as the Macan and Q5 will be sharing a platform.
To help differentiate the two models, Porsche is expected to add its own Torsen torque-sensing differential, install a torque vectoring system on the rear axle, widen the vehicle track and even offer its latest seven-speed manual and seven-speed PDK dual-clutch units as transmission options.
With such a wide variety of models, it’s easy to see why Porsche is so confident of selling more than 50,000 Macans per year.