Por­sche has said that its new Mac­an SUV will come with four-cylinder engi­nes – mak­ing it the first four-pot Por­sche sin­ce 1995. Por­sche engi­ne­er Anto­on Jans­sen told MSN Cars: “The­re will be four-cylinder engi­nes added to the range shortly. You will find out more deta­ils soon, but I can’t tell you any more.”

On Bing: see pic­tu­res of the Por­sche Mac­an New 2014 Por­sche Mac­an reve­aled in LA The engi­nes are likely to be both pet­rol and diesel, and from wit­hin the Volks­wa­gen gro­up.

Deli­ve­ri­es for the Mac­an will start in April, and at first cus­to­mers will get a cho­i­ce of three V6 units: a 258hp 3.0-litre diesel, a 340hp 3.0-litre pet­rol and the range-topping Tur­bo 400hp 3.6-litre pet­rol.

The four-cylinder engi­nes will imp­ro­ve on the diesel’s effi­ci­ency of 159–164g/km of CO2 and fuel eco­nomy of bet­ween 30.7 and 31.7mpg (depend­ing on tyres). Por­sche insists that the Mac­an is the first ‘sports car’ wit­hin its sec­tor – so all models have the per­for­mance figu­res you’d expect from a sports car.

The diesel can acce­le­ra­te from 0–62mph in 6.3 seconds (6.1 with the opt­io­nal Sport Chro­no pac­kage) and on to a top speed of 143mph.

The pet­rol Mac­an S can reach 62mph in 5.4 seconds (5.2 with Sport Chro­no pac­kage) and a top speed of 158mph – whi­le the Tur­bo hits 62mph in 4.8 seconds (4.6 seconds with Sport Chro­no) and maxes out at 165mph.

There’s no word on pri­cing for the four-cylinder engi­nes – but we expect them to underc­ut the cur­rent £43,300 start­ing pri­ce by seve­ral thou­sand pounds.

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