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Tony O'Kane | Apr, 25 2014 | 0 Comments

Porsche has announced a new four-cylinder entry level model for its Macan small SUV at the Beijing auto show, which will be targeted primarily at South-East Asian markets and the UK.

The engine in question is the Volkswagen Group's familiar EA888 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol four, which has seen service in the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3, as well as several Seat and Skoda models.

In the case of the Macan, outputs for the four-cylinder powerplant are listed at 174kW and 350Nm, substantially less than the 250kW/460Nm of the already-announced twin-turbo V6 Macan S.

However, like other variants in the Macan range the four-cylinder entrypoint will also feature a twin-clutch PDK automatic and all-wheel drive as standard. It won't be slow either, with Porsche claiming a 0-100km/h time of 6.9 seconds.

And besides an attractive price, the four-cylinder Macan will also have fuel economy on its side. Porsche says average combined fuel consumption will range between 7.2 and 7.5 l/100km.

For Australia, the Macan range will consist of the twin-turbo petrol V6 Macan S and Macan Turbo, as well as the more fuel-efficient turbodiesel V6 Macan S Diesel.

Due to launch in June, pricing will start at $84,900 for the Macan S Diesel, topping out at $122,900 for the Macan Turbo.

There are currently no plans to bring the four-cylinder variant to Australia, though ironically some of Porsche's computer-generated press images of the 4-cylinder Macan feature Melbourne's iconic Flinders Street Station and the Yarra River in the background (above).

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