MACAN GETS A MOD­ER­ATE MAKEOVER

Up­grades for Porsche’s most pop­u­lar model

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Porsche sells the bet­ter part of 100,000 Ma­cans an­nu­ally. Since its launch in 2014, over 350,000 have found homes around the world. That’s more than any other model over the same time pe­riod and it makes the Macan the heart of the Porsche range. This new up­dated Macan will there­fore be crit­i­cal to Porsche’s for­tunes.

Un­veiled in Shang­hai, which hints at the im­por­tance of the Chi­nese mar­ket for Porsche’s mid-sized SUV, the re­vi­sions be­gin with up­dated ex­te­rior cos­met­ics and light­ing. LED head­light tech­nol­ogy is now stan­dard and in­cor­po­rates a three­d­i­men­sional de­sign which can be fur­ther op­ti­mised with the Porsche Dy­namic Light Sys­tem Plus. Mean­while, a new front fas­cia gives the re­vised Macan a wider ap­pear­ance. Round back, Porsche has spec­i­fied a three-part, three- di­men­sional LED light strip, plus its lat­est de­sign sig­na­ture in the form of four-point brake lights.

How­ever, the in­te­rior up­grades are ar­guably even more sig­nif­i­cant. The big news is the full HD 11-inch touch­screen and im­proved con­nec­tiv­ity. Up from 7.2 inches in the out­go­ing model, the lat­est PCM sys­tem of­fers what Porsche de­scribes as to­tal con­nec­tiv­ity and nu­mer­ous dig­i­tal func­tions. Sim­i­lar to the in­fo­tain­ment rigs found in the lat­est Panam­era and Cayenne mod­els, 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.

As with the cur­rent model, each Macan is equipped with a Con­nect Plus mod­ule, mak­ing ev­ery ve­hi­cle fully net­worked as stan­dard. This mod­ule un­der­pins var­i­ous dig­i­tal func­tions and ser­vices such as in­tel­li­gent voice con­trol and the real-time traf­fic in­for­ma­tion that forms part of the stan­dard on­line nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem. One of the key el­e­ments of this sys­tem is the “Here Cloud” con­nec­tion, which of­fers cut­tingedge, swarm-based traf­fic data. Us­ing the new Of­froad Pre­ci­sion App, it is also pos­si­ble to record and an­a­lyse off-road driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in the Macan.

Else­where, newly de­vel­oped tyres with im­proved per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics are said to fur­ther raise the dy­namic cor­ner­ing po­ten­tial, while new 20- and 21inch wheels also of­fer greater scope to cus­tomise the de­sign.

The new Macan is avail­able to or­der now but pric­ing was yet to be con­firmed as we went to press.

Not a lot to see here! The Macan has re­ceived a mod­er­ate ex­te­rior and in­te­rior makeover, but then why rad­i­cally change a best-sell­ing for­mula

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