As diesel continues to increase in popularity as a fuel source in the United States, a growing array of vehicles are becoming available in the market. One of the latest is the Porsche Macan, which already could be had with a diesel engine in Europe. Rumors of such an offering in the States have been rumbling, with some doubting their veracity, but it turns out there was truth behind them.
Even better is the timeline for the release of the diesel-powered luxury crossover. Rather than the diesel version of the Macan releasing in a couple of years or so, Porsche is pushing to get the model to the States faster. According to reports, you can expect to see them hitting dealerships within a year’s time. It takes a little bit of time to engineer the powertrain for U.S. emissions standards and other regulations, so such a quick delivery is impressive.
When the Porsche Macan outfitted with a diesel engine does arrive, expect to pay less than $60,000 for the base model. Of course, it’s a Porsche and nobody buys just a base version, so with all of the pricey add-ons that price tag should inflate quickly. That price puts it between the Macan S and the Macan Turbo.
While there are no official specs for the U.S. model, the European Macan S Diesel coms with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that belts out 254 horsepower and gets the European equivalent of 38 mpg. Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph takes just 6.3 seconds and the top speed is about 143 mph, annihilating the concept of hellishly slow diesel cars from the past. Still, that’s not exactly blistering performance, but for car shoppers who want the style and luxury Porsche offers, plus fuel savings, the diesel-powered model will probably make sense.