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Porsche introducing cheaper, four-cylinder Macan at New York Auto Show

The new four-banger variant will serve as the sport ute's base model.

It's not like it's a basic car or anything -- it's still a Porsche.

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The press days for the New York International Auto Show kick off on March 23, and it feels like automakers had no downtime between appearing in Geneva and announcing new models for the Empire State. Next up -- Porsche!

Porsche will be showing off the 911 R and the 718 Boxster for the first time at the show, but the biggest news is the introduction of a new base-model Macan crossover. Known only as the Macan, it will slot under the current cheapest model, the Macan S.

Power comes by way of a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It puts out 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, and it mates to the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as the other models. Specced with launch control, it'll reach 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Fuel economy is estimated at 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, an improvement over the 340-horsepower Macan S's 17 city, 23 highway rating.

It won't be some penalty-box, bargain-basement affair, either -- standard equipment includes bi-xenon headlights, power front seats, lane-departure warning and the latest iteration of Porsche's PCM infotainment system.

The Macan is available to order right now, with a starting price of $47,500. That's significantly cheaper than the Macan S, which will run you $54,400 before you pay for any optional extras.