MACAN GETS A MODERATE MAKEOVER
Upgrades for Porsche’s most popular model
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