Porsche has unveiled an updated version of its petrol Macan – a more compact SUV that offers a sportier alternative to the likes of the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC.
It’s been a huge success for Porsche since its introduction in 2014, with 600,000 being produced in that time. Following a nip and tuck a few years ago, the German firm is now back with a second update.
Key to this latest car is its more powerful engines. With the flagship Turbo being dropped, buyers are left with the choice of the regular Macan, the S and top-spec GTS model.
The standard Macan uses a 262bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine that kicks out 20bhp more than before, and allows for a 0-60mph time of six seconds. The S and GTS meanwhile use a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, which in the S produces 375bhp (26bhp more than before) and unlocks a 0-60mph time of 4.4 seconds. The GTS’ engine gets a hefty 59bhp boost compared to before, and now kicks out 434bhp.
The Macan has also had chassis tweaks, which Porsche says allows the ‘car to respond to greater sensitivity and more directly to the driving style and road conditions’, while the more driver-focussed GTS gets new standard sports air suspension that sits lower than the regular Macan.
Though Porsche hasn’t changed the design dramatically, subtle changes include new colour-coded accents on the front bumper, while the GTS gets a more menacing-looking black nose section, along with a bolder diffuser at the rear. Upgraded LED headlights are also fitted, along with larger 19-inch alloy wheels as standard. New Papaya Metallic and Gentian Blue Metallic body colours are also available.
Inside, changes include a redesigned centre console with haptic touch surfaces instead of buttons, as well as a shorter gear selector that takes up less room in the cabin. Various new leather upholstery and contrasting seam packages are also available, while the Macan also adopts the latest GT Sport steering wheel from the 911.
This will be the last major update for the petrol Macan, with an all-new electric model set to debut in 2022, though the petrol and EV models will be sold concurrently for some time.
Prices for the updated Macan start from £47,780 for the standard car, £53,300 for the AS and £64,770 for the GTS. It’s available to order now, with first deliveries expected in October.
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