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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