Porsche Reveals New Macan
Porsche has revealed the new Macan in Shanghai, highlighting the importance of the Chinese market to the German manufacturer. Launched in 2014, the Macan SUV is Porsche’s best-selling vehicle, with more than 350,000 deliveries recorded since launch – 100,000 of those have been sold to the Chinese market.
As expected the new Macan follows in the footsteps of the latest Panamera and Cayenne with its exterior design language – it is very much evolutionary not revolutionary – subtle changes to the bumpers are amongst the biggest differentiators. Like its latest stablemates, the new Macan features the distinctive three-dimensional LED light strip across its rear end, adaptive Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS) headlights are available as an option out front. Inside the Macan has been brought into line with Porsche’s latest cabin advents in terms of technology, functionality and aesthetics. The centrepiece of this is the introduction of an 11-inch (up four-inches over the old car) full HD touchscreen Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system.
The Macan receives the now familiar rising centre console with (just like the old version) an array of buttons, this differs from the smartphone-style instrument panel found in the Panamera. Just as in the Panamera and Cayenne, the user interface on the infotainment system can be customised. The air vents have been re-designed and are now positioned below the central screen. Drivers can specify a GT sports steering wheel, with a 911-style ‘mode’ switch as part of the optional Sports Chrono Package.
Porsche claims to have further fine-tuned what was already an exceptional chassis and all-wheel drive system, maintaining stability and improving comfort. The Macan retains its staggered tyre sizes with the rear axle boasting a larger footprint than the front – newly developed tyres with improved performance will be wrapped around new 20- and 21-inch wheel designs.
A bunch of fresh colours will be on offer including; Miami Blue, Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic and Crayon. Porsche also promises a wider range of possibilities when it comes to personalisation. A new Traffic Jam Assist function uses adaptive cruise control at speeds under 37mph to partially assist drivers with autonomous acceleration and braking. This new system can also steer the Macan for drivers when in slow-moving traffic or a while in a traffic jam. Further new adverts include an ioniser system to clean the air in the cabin and a heated windscreen option.
Officially Porsche is at present remaining tight-lipped about which engines we can expect to find in this new Macan, however, we expect these to mimic closely what is currently on offer to UK buyers. That means a high probability of 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder for the Macan, a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine for the Macan S, and a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine as used by the current Turbo model. We foresee that a diesel will not be offered but we do expect a GTS version to appear, though it’s unlikely we’ll see that at launch. Owing to platform architecture (the Macan shares its underpinnings with the Audi Q5) it looks increasingly unlikely that we’ll see a Hybrid version in this iteration.