Porsche’s entry level crossover is ready for primetime

The Porsche Macan often gets overshadowed by its bigger and more accomplished brother, the Porsche Cayenne. But, that’s about to change because the new Macan S breaks the crossover out of its shell. Not only is the 2019 Macan S sexier, but it also packs a new engine that produces more power than its predecessor. Those three elements are the biggest highlights of the new Macan S, underscoring what we’ve all been waiting for from the model since it first arrived in 2014. Put together; the new Macan S sheds its rough-around-the-edges label in favor of a more balanced ride. Don’t look now, but it appears that Porsche’s entry-level crossover is ready for the big leagues. The new Porsche Macan S starts at $58,600.

The 2019 Porsche Macan S

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There’s a lot to like about the new Porsche Macan S.

While it’s technically an updated version of the current-generation model, the 2019 Macan S looks like a completely different model.

The four-point headlamps will catch your attention quickly, in part because every other Porsche model that’s available today already features them. The center vents are different now, too. The same can be said for the bigger side outlets and the larger apron. Put all these design tweaks together and you have a crossover that looks fresher than it used to be. That’s a huge plus for the Porsche Macan S, which, to be honest, looked like a mini-me version of the Cayenne in the past. It has its own identity now, and that’s a huge plus for Porsche’s baby crossover.

2020 Porsche Macan S: New Engine, More Power, Same Sexy Appearance Exterior
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Make no mistake, though. The new Porsche Macan S isn’t defined by its looks alone. It’s also far peppier than it used to be. The crossover’s engine is the biggest reason for that.

It now uses a newly developed 3.0-liter, turbocharged, V-6 that produces 354 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.

Those figures represent an increase of 14 horsepower and almost 21 pound-feet of torque over its predecessor. Just as important, the Macan utilizes a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all four wheels. Needless to say, the performance times of the new Macan S reflect those changes. The new Macan can now sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and 4.9 seconds when it’s equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package. That’s 0.1 seconds quicker than the previous model, which really doesn’t sound like much, but is impressive nevertheless. Top speed now sits at almost 157.8 mph, an increase from the previous model’s top speed of 156 mph.

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Porsche has yet to reveal the Epa-estimated fuel returns of the new Macan S, but it is worth noting that, according to Porsche, the new Macan S returns 8.9 l/100 km according to the New European Driving Cycle.

The figures will be understandably different once the EPA estimates are revealed, but it is worth noting that 8.9 l/100 km converts to about 26 mpg. Very interesting.

Ostensibly, the new Porsche Macan S is a huge step-up from its predecessor. You can tell by the way it looks that it’s a new model altogether. But once you sit behind the wheel and take it for a spin, that’s when you’ll realize that paying at least $58,600 for the new Macan S doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Remember, the previous Macan S started at $55,400. That’s a difference of $3,400, which is negligible considering all the new goodies you’re getting with the new model.

Further reading

2019 Porsche Macan Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Porsche Macan.

2015 - 2017 Porsche Macan
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Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche Macan.

It delivers 260 kW (354 PS; Fuel consumption combined 8.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 204 g/km) and has a maximum torque of 480 Nm, representing an increase of 10 kW (14 PS) and 20 Nm compared with the previous model. When equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the new Macan S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds quicker than the previous model. The vehicle’s top speed is 254 km/h. Its fuel consumption (NEDC-correlated) is 8.9 l/100 km. The new Macan S enjoys all the product innovations of the latest generation Macan model range. These include the LED lightbar at the rear and the new, fully networked Porsche Communication Management system with a 10.9-inch touchscreen.

New V6 engine with central turbo layout
The Porsche Macan S is now equipped with a newly developed 3.0 liter V6 turbo engine. Using the central turbo layout, the turbocharger is located in the inner V; this results in short exhaust gas paths between the combustion chambers and the turbocharger, to ensure outstanding and immediate responsiveness. The new twin-scroll turbocharger provides high torque at low engine speeds. With twin-scroll technology, the exhaust gas flows are continuously fed to the turbine wheel as separate streams significantly reducing any charge cycle disadvantages. The further-developed combustion chamber geometry with a central injector promotes efficient fuel mixture preparation. In addition to the increase in the power output per litre, from 113 to 118 PS, the emissions have also been reduced.

Macan S, Mallorca, 2018, Porsche AG
Newly tuned chassis for enhanced balance
As distinctively sporty as ever, the Macan’s chassis features staggered tyres and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) four-wheel drive, and has been overhauled and optimised once again as part of this model’s facelift. On the front axle, spring forks made from aluminium replace the previous steel components. The new light alloy design is more rigid and reduces unsprung mass, making the steering on the Macan more precise and improving ride comfort. Newly tuned sway bars also ensure more neutral handling. As before, the Porsche Active Stability Management (PASM) active damper control system, height-adjustable air suspension with optimised rolling pistons and new shock absorber hydraulics and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) are optionally available to improve the model’s driving dynamics and handling even further.

The new Macan S, infographic, 2018, Porsche AG

Enhanced brakes with more precise pressure point
A lot of detailed work has also gone into the brakes of the new Macan, and the driver will notice this most of all in the form of a changed pedal feel. The pedal in question weighs around 300 g less than the previous steel part, and acts on the brake master cylinder via a shortened lever arm. This results in a more immediate brake response, and the driver can also feel a very precise pressure point because of the firm connection. The even more sporty approach in the new Macan S is reflected in the larger front brake discs, with disc diameter increased by 10 mm to 360 mm, and disc thickness growing 2 mm to 36 mm. All new brake pads are copper-free. The Macan S can also be equipped with the optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB).

Macan S, Mallorca, 2018, Porsche AG

A more streamlined design with full LED lights and new digital functions
The Macan S also benefits from all the innovations included in the latest facelift, including a three-dimensional rear LED lightbar. The headlights are LED as standard, and the optional Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) system can be used to control light distribution adaptively.

The new Porsche Communication Management (PCM), which now features a 10.9-inch full-HD touchscreen, is fully networked as standard and includes online navigation with real-time traffic information through “Here Cloud”, mobile phone connection, two audio interfaces and intelligent voice control. Other features on-board as standard include Porsche Connect Plus (with LTE phone module and SIM card reader), a Wi-Fi hotspot and an array of new Porsche Connect services.

New options: GT sports steering wheel, ioniser and Traffic Jam Assist
The optional GT sports steering wheel, which appears in the 911, bolsters the sporty interior design of the Macan S. The mode switch integrated into the steering wheel – including the Sport Response button – is part of the optional Sport Chrono Package. For added comfort and convenience, it is possible to optionally include the new Traffic Jam Assist, a heated windshield and an ioniser which, in conjunction with the fine particulate air filter fitted as standard, improves the quality of the air inside the vehicle.

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