A few months ago, Porsche introduced the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS, a more sporty trim level for the automaker’s already popular compact SUV. It appears that another introduction is in store with the introduction of a new base trim for the Macan lineup. While it fits below the other models in the existing Macan hierarchy, this base model is anything but “no frills.” 

While details are scant at this point, the available specs indicate that the new, yet-unnamed Macan will be a capable performer. To start with, there’s a direct-injected 2-liter engine that puts out 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. It’s coupled to the reliable 7-speed dual clutch PDK automatic transmission found in many other Porsche models. Upgrading to the Sport Chrono package will shave two tenths of a second off the car’s 6.7 second zero to sixty time.

The vehicle’s lighter curb weight (3,902 pounds), combined with the Traction Management AWD system, promises agile handling. Standard features like Porsche Communication Management (PCM), lane departure warning system, 18-inch wheels, and stainless steel-tipped exhaust mean that there’s performance, safety, and looks to spare.

This is exciting news on several levels. On one hand, it takes what already works about the Porsche and makes minor tweaks that stand to make a significant difference. On the other, it also lowers the bar of entry to the Porsche lineup, and will be a welcome addition at our New England Porsche dealership.

We expect more details — including additional specifications and when the new Porsche Macan is due at your Porsche dealership — in the weeks ahead, and will release them here when we have them. In the meantime, we invite you to Porsche of Nashua to see the 2016 Porsche Macan, as well as our full inventory of new and pre-owned Porsche vehicles.