The new Macan may have the distinction of offering the first four-cylinder engine in Porsche's range in more than two decades, but the VW Group-sourced 2.0-liter turbo'd unit that is shared with the likes of Seat, Skoda and Audi, is a temporary solution as the Stuttgart carmaker is preparing its very own four-cylinder boxer engines.
The modern turbocharged flat-four will help Porsche go with the times while keeping a distinct character for its powertrains and providing a link with the larger horizontally opposed engines used in the 911.
UK's Car Magazine says it has seen the spec sheet on Porsche's flat-four project that proposes three different versions of the engine:
Porsche 1.6 flat four with 210bhp / ?
Porsche 2.0 flat four with 286bhp / 295lb ft
Porsche 2.5 flat four with 360bhp /347lb ft
The publication, however, notes that there's some uncertainty surrounding the smaller 1.6-liter unit, as the original plan was to use it on the a new ‘baby Boxster’ model, which has reportedly been canned.
The first Porsche models to get the new flat-fours are said to be the (next?) Boxster/Cayman and Cayenne.
*Note: Porsche 911's flat-six pictured