Wait con­tin­ues as China gets first ver­sion of new Ma­can

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Af­ter show­ing pic­tures of test mules be­ing put through their paces in SA and Le­sotho re­cently, Porsche has now un­veiled the next gen­er­a­tion of its Ma­can.

The only prob­lem is that it isn’t, at least not for SA or most of the world any­way. The com­pany has re­vealed a new Ma­can for China — the rest of us will have to wait un­til 2019 to find out what the Ma­can will look like for the rest of the world. It prob­a­bly won’t be vastly dif­fer­ent, but you never know.

What we do know is that the China ver­sion will re­main true to the Porsche de­sign DNA. The com­pany says it has an even sportier and mod­ern ap­pear­ance, thanks to a num­ber of changes to the ex­te­rior. This in­cludes head­lights fea­tur­ing LED tech­nol­ogy as stan­dard. The high qual­ity light­ing sys­tem fea­tures mo­d­ules with a three­d­i­men­sional de­sign which can be fur­ther op­ti­mised with the Porsche Dy­namic Light Sys­tem Plus (PDLS) that adap­tively con­trols light dis­tri­bu­tion.

The front end of the Ma­can has also been metic­u­lously re­worked, with it now ap­pear­ing wider, while at the rear there is a three-part, three-di­men­sional LED light strip and four­point de­sign for the brake lights.

Porsche has al­ways played on the link to the 911 and in the new Ma­can it says this is fur­ther em­pha­sised in the in­te­rior with the op­tional GT sports steer­ing wheel. The mode switch plus Sport Re­sponse But­ton in­te­grated into the steer­ing wheel is also show­cased 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.

Through the new Porsche Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Man­age­ment (PCM), the Ma­can of­fers to­tal con­nec­tiv­ity and nu­mer­ous dig­i­tal func­tions. Above the typ­i­cal Porsche ris­ing cen­tre con­sole, an en­larged full-HD touch­screen has been in­cor­po­rated into the newly de­signed in­stru­ment panel. Sim­i­lar to the Panam­era and Cayenne, the user in­ter­face on the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem can be cus­tomised. The air vents have been re­designed and are now po­si­tioned be­low the cen­tral screen.

Each Ma­can is 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 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 ad­van­tage of the in­tel­li­gent, all-wheel drive Porsche Trac­tion Man­age­ment when it comes to driv­ing dy­nam­ics. Newly de­vel­oped tyres are said to en­able even bet­ter lat­eral dy­nam­ics, while the new 20- and 21-inch wheels also of­fer greater scope.

It is un­clear at this stage how much of this equip­ment will be avail­able on mod­els for the South African mar­ket.

De­sign changes make the next gen­er­a­tion Ma­can look wider and more sporty.

The in­te­rior gets a re­designed dash­board in­cor­po­rat­ing the 11-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem from the Cayenne and Panam­era. The rear gets the lat­est Porsche LED light strip de­sign fea­ture, left.

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