Since its debut in 2014, the Porsche Macan has impressed customers, thanks to its combination of typical Porsche performance on any terrain coupled with a high degree of everyday practicality. Thus far, Porsche has delivered more than 350,000 units, making the Macan a genuine success story. Porsche recently launched the second edition of their compact SUV, featuring upgrades to its design, comfort, connectivity and driving dynamics.
The exterior sports a number of new upgrades which give the new Macan an even sportier and modern appearance as they better reflect the DNA of the 911 and the 918 Spyder sports cars. The most significant of these are headlights featuring LED technology as standard. The Macan’s high-quality lighting system features modules with a three-dimensional design that can be further optimised if desired with the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS) which adaptively controls light distribution. The three-part, three-dimensional LED light strip and the four-point design of the brake lights also reflect typical Porsche design features.
The front end of the Macan has also been re-worked to give it a wider appearance, while the comprehensive overhaul at the rear builds on the sleek design of the previous model. New exterior colour options include Miami Blue, Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic and Crayon.
The new Macan’s link to the 911 continues in the interior of the new model with the optional GT sports steering wheel. The Mode Switch plus Sport Response button integrated into the steering wheel are also showcased in the compact SUV as part of the optional Sports Chrono Package. Porsche has extended the list of comfort options to include a heated windscreen and an ioniser to improve the air quality in the interior. The new exterior colour options combined with new interior packages ensure that the Macan is now more customisable.
The new Macan offers total connectivity and numerous digital functions through the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM). Set above the rising centre console, typical of a Porsche, is the full-HD touchscreen. It has been enlarged from seven to eleven inches and has been incorporated seamlessly into the newly designed instrument panel.
Similar to the Panamera and Cayenne, the user interface on the infotainment system can be customised using predefined tiles. The air vents have also been re-designed and are now positioned below the central screen. Each Macan is now equipped with a Connect Plus module, making every vehicle fully networked as standard. Using the new Offroad Precision App, it is also possible to record and analyse off-road driving experiences.
The chassis has been fine-tuned to deliver enhanced neutrality while maintaining stability and improving comfort. The Macan still features mixed tyres with different widths on the front and rear axles. As with Porsche sports cars, this arrangement enables the driver to take full advantage of the intelligent, all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) when it comes to driving dynamics. Newly developed tyres with improved performance characteristics enable even better lateral dynamics for enhanced driving pleasure, while the new 20 and 21-inch wheels also offer greater scope to customise the design.
The Macan is especially popular in the Chinese market, with over 100,000 deliveries to-date which is nearly a third of the total sales of the model. This is why Porsche chose to unveil the redesigned compact SUV in Shanghai, China. The version of the model presented in Shanghai will be offered exclusively in the Chinese market. However, a range of Macan derivatives for the other regions will be launched in due course.