A new affordable model has been added to the 2017 Porsche Macan range - and it has a four-cylinder engine, and it's the most affordable Porsche model for decades.

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The new Porsche Macan - priced at $76,610 plus on-road costs -  features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing a healthy 185kW of power (at 5000-6800rpm) and a strong 370Nm of torque (between 1600-4500rpm). The engine is teamed to a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission with grunt sent to all four wheels. Fuel use is claimed at 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres.

Porsche claims a 0-100km/h time of 6.7 seconds, so it's no slouch - and if you option the Sport Chrono Package it drops to 6.5 seconds. The top speed is an Autobahn friendly 229km/h. Not much use here, though...

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Porsche says the Macan with the new engine still offers "exceptionally sporty driving dynamics", and buyers can option the base model variant with air suspension and adaptive dampers. It weighs in at 1770kg, making it the lightest SUV offered by the German sports car brand.

As for equipment, the base model is differentiated by black window trim strips and black brake calipers, and standard kit includes bi-xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors with a rear-view camera, lane departure warning, electric driver's seat adjustment with memory settings, Alcantara seat trim inserts, and three-zone climate control.

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There's also digital radio reception, a touchscreen media system with satellite navigation and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming with voice control (but no Apple CarPlay - that's a$1090 option), and it has 19-inch Macan Turbo alloy wheels - the same rims fitted to the Macan S versions.

2017 Porsche Macan range pricing (plus on-road costs):

Macan (four-cylinder petrol turbo) - $76,610

Macan S (six-cylinder diesel turbo) - $91,855

Macan S (six-cylinder petrol turbo) - $92,800

Macan GTS (six-cylinder petrol turbo) - $109,200

Macan Turbo (six-cylinder petrol turbo) - $130,000