What is it?
This is the diesel version of the excellent new Porsche Macan SUV that we drove in Turbo guise earlier this week. It costs £43,300, produces 255bhp - alongside a whopping 427lb ft of torque from just 1750rpm - and can hit 62mph in just 6.3sec as a result.
At the top of the tree sits the 400bhp, 165mph Turbo; in the middle sits a less powerful petrol V6, also turbocharged somewhat confusingly but known simply as the Macan S; and alongside that car sits this one, the 143mph S Diesel that also happens to be capable of 45mpg on the combined cycle with emissions of just 159g/km.
Although all three Macans are based unashamedly on Audi's Q5 platform, Porsche insists that less than a third of the moving parts and almost none of the dynamic qualities are shared between the two cars. So while the basic architecture of Q5 and Macan is similar, the way they look and drive is entirely different, says Porsche.
The suspension, for instance, is steel as standard (optional air suspension is available on all three versions) and features struts at the front with a multi-link arrangement at the rear, much like that of the Q5. But in its detail and tuning the Macan's suspension and chassis (and its steering, brakes and gearbox) are all bespoke.
The gearbox is a seven-speed PDK while the brakes and dampers have both been tuned to provide the S Diesel Macan with far sharper responses than a Q5. The driving position is also much lower than in the Q5 while the cabin itself bears little or no resemblance to what you'll find in the equivalent Audi.
The emphasis with the Macan, inside as well as out, is all about delivering as sporting a driving experience as possible, even when there's a cast-iron common-rail turbodiesel engine pumping away beneath its new bonnet.