• Porsche Macan will soon offer 4-cylinder model
  • 4-cylinder Macan uses 2.0-liter turbo, offers 237 horsepower
  • The latest Macan is not yet confirmed for U.S. shoppers

Porsche will soon offer a 4-cylinder vehicle for the first time in nearly 20 years. That's the latest from the high-performance luxury brand, which recently confirmed that a 4-cylinder version of its compact Macan SUV is on the way.

According to Porsche, the latest Macan variant will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Just like other Macan models, the 4-cylinder version will use a standard PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, which will propel the SUV to 60 miles per hour from a standing stop in less than seven seconds. It will become the first 4-cylinder Porsche since the 968 was canceled after the 1995 model year.

Not surprisingly, the latest Macan will slot at the bottom of the compact crossover's range. That places it below the SUV's two current models, known as the Macan S and the Macan Turbo. The Macan S uses a 340-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, while the sporty Macan Turbo boasts 400 hp from a turbocharged 3.6-liter V6. Macan S models can reach 60 mph in around five seconds, while the Turbo completes the sprint in the mid-4-second range.

Unfortunately for U.S. shoppers interested in an entry-level Porsche, the brand has not yet announced whether the 4-cylinder Macan will reach the States. It's already been confirmed for Europe, though some reports suggest Porsche will sell a diesel-powered Macan in the U.S. rather than the entry-level 4-cylinder.

Regardless of whether the 4-cylinder Macan makes it to the U.S., the SUV is likely to find favor with American car shoppers interested in a sporty luxury crossover. That's because the Macan S starts around $51,000 with shipping, a figure that undercuts the larger Porsche Cayenne S by around $15,000. Likewise, the Macan Turbo's base price of just over $73,000 with shipping represents a big savings over the $111,000-plus Cayenne Turbo.

Shoppers interested in the Macan should start checking Porsche dealers shortly, as the crossover is due to arrive in May. Meanwhile, you can check back here for more updates on the 4-cylinder model, as we'll have more information when we hear it.

What it means to you: The all-new 4-cylinder Porsche Macan may offer an even better deal for drivers interested in a low-priced Porsche.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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