2018 Porsche Macan
When Porsche decided to step into the SUV segment with the Cayenne, Porsche purists we’re all that happy, expecting the brand to soldier on with different 911 variants until times end. But, the Cayenne turned out to be a huge success, and the German brand decided to come out with a compact model named the Macan. Originally codenamed Cajun, the Macan hit the market in the spring of 2014 and became an immediate success, being one of Porsche’s most sold models. Be that as it may, the compact luxury segment is intense, so Porsche needs to keep things fresh until the next-gen model comes to be at the turn of the decade.
Now, we’re getting a first look at the facelifted model thanks to a new round of spy shots. There won’t be a whole lot of change on the table, but the headlights and taillights should get a new layout, and it looks like there’s a bigger chin spoiler up front. The interior is set for some minor nips and tucks as well, and the available engines could get some minor retuning to help keep things interesting.
With that said, we know Porsche’s facelifts aren’t typically that in-depth, so there won’t be a lot of significant change, but the subtle things will make all the difference. We expect the facelifted Macan to debut sometime in the next few months and should be sold as a 2018 model, so let’s take a closer look before Porsche spills the beans.
2017 Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package
The Porsche Macan came to be in 2014 and arrived in dealerships as the company’s second SUV, after the Cayenne. Aimed at the luxury compact crossover market, the Macan is Porsche’s answer to the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, sharing the same platform with the latter. Produced alongside the Cayenne and Panamera in Leipzig, the Macan is available in many drivetrain configurations. The range begins with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder model, the first in the modern era before the Cayman and Boxster received their new flat-four mills, while the S and GTS feature 3.0-liter V-6 units. Porsche also offers a diesel powered by a V-6, while the Turbo gets a larger 3.6-liter V-6. Come 2016 and the Germans introduced a new range-topping model, called the Performance Package.
Based on the Turbo model, the Performance Package is the most powerful Macan to date and also comes with a number of unique features inside and out. Besides a more powerful version of the twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 unit, it also sports an updated chassis with an enhanced braking system and a sport exhaust system. There’s no word as to whether the Performance Package is limited-edition only or will become a permanent member of the Macan lineup, but the good news is that it’s available in the United States. Granted, it’s name is rather uninspired when Porsche could have used the Turbo S moniker, but who are we to argue company naming and marketing schemes.
Bottom line is, Porsche has a bonkers crossover for its customers at a time when no other automaker is able to offer a similar vehicle with more than 400 horsepower. Touché, pussycat!
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Porsche Still Plans To Release Macan Diesel In The US Market
Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal has had far-reaching consequences for a lot of parties and the lingering effects have extended all the way to some of the conglomerate’s other auto brands. Porsche, for one, has already felt the pinch when it was forced to pull the Porsche Cayenne Diesel from the U.S. market in late 2015 even though the SUV had gained a lot of traction in the market. That wasn’t the case for the Macan Diesel, which was supposed to have already made its debut in the U.S. But, in the wake of that scandal, Porsche opted to hold off on the Macan Diesel’s U.S. debut.
That has put Porsche Cars North America in a precarious position. The company had high hopes for the Macan Diesel as a lower-cost alternative to its Cayenne counterpart. But with the scandal still in the minds of a lot of people, there’s been some uncertainty within Porsche on when the crossover will be offered in the U.S. market. Speaking with Automotive News, Porsche Cars NA CEO Klaus Zellmer indicated that the company still has plans of bringing the Macan Diesel to the U.S. market. That’s still set in stone.
What isn’t set in stone is the timetable, something Zellmer admitted is a tricky thing to navigate given the steps the company needs to take before the model can be sold in the US. That’s going to take some time considering that Porsche still has to work things out with the proper authorities and do the necessary repairs on the models to make them up-to-stuff (legally) in the market.
The good news is that this isn’t an “if” question, but a “when” question. Porsche has every intention of releasing the Macan Diesel in the U.S. Zellmer even said that customer feedback on the Cayenne Diesel has been overwhelmingly positive and that a lot of customers were disappointed to see the SUV removed from the market.
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Among the funky concepts and interestingly boxy designs at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show is this, the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS. Slotted between the “base” Macan S and the range-topping Macan Turbo, the GTS offers a sweet spot of horsepower and torque paired with the Turbo’s transmission and AWD system. Sporty looks and a decreased ride height further push the GTS towards the track star Porsche needs to fight rivals from Audi and Mercedes.
Powered by the familiar 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 found in the Macan S, the GTS gets an extra 20 horsepower and 30 extra pound-feet of torque. The seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission and Porsche’s traction Management system are employed to help get power to the ground. Porsche even offers an optional Torque Vectoring System.
An initial glance at the stats, and the GTS seems very promising.
Porsche claims the GTS will hit 60 mph in five seconds, while the Sport Chrono Package knocks two-tenths off that time. Its top speed is listed at 159 mph. Promising indeed.
Of course, there’s more to the Macan GTS than just its performance stats. Still, it appears Porsche focused the crossover’s entire existence into a more track-ready machine. Black accents match its black wheels, helping to further visually lower the GTS’ center of gravity. A sport exhaust system announces its presence, while an Alcantara and leather-lined interior with exclusive GTS seats coddle all five passengers.
The Macan GTS is set to arrive at dealers in March 2016 with a base price of $67,200.
Updated 10/30/2015: Porsche dropped a new video in which its highlights the sports exhaust system in the new Macan GTS. Enjoy!
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Porsche has just released a glorious video showing off its GTS lineup of performance vehicles that currently includes the Boxster, Cayman, 911, Panamera and Cayenne. While we love seeing these souped-up GTS Porsches in action, the real reason for this 78-second GTS cheerleading footage is most likely a primer for the arrival of the Macan GTS. Porsche did not say when the Macan GTS will debut, but it will probably arrive later this year for the 2016 model year.
The Macan GTS was confirmed back in March as part of an annual report on expected developments that listed the trim level as a new arrival in 2015, along with many other upcoming models from Volkswagen Group brands. This was the same announcement where Porsche confirmed the 2016 Boxster Spyder, Cayman GT4, 911 GT3 RS and 911 Targa 4 GTS.
As far as what changes should be expected to a GTS version of the Macan, Porsche is remaining mum on the details. On other models, GTS trim levels generally receive improved handling, styling and engine output, but this latter aspect will probably be the biggest news for the new model. The current Macan lineup consists of the 340-horsepower Macan S and the 400-horsepower Macan Turbo, and no other Porsche GTS stands as the top trim level. On the Boxster and Cayman, the GTS slots below the Spyder and GT4, respectively, while the 911, Panamera and Cayenne position the GTS just below the Turbo model.
Check out the Porsche GTS video above, and stay tuned later this year (possibly L.A. Auto Show) for the 2016 Porsche Macan GTS.
Have you noticed how automakers state they’re not working on a certain model, but come back a few months later to confirm the car in question will eventually find its way into dealerships? That’s exactly what Porsche did with the Macan Hybrid. It was October 2014 when a Porsche spokesperson denied that Stuttgart was planning to launch the Macan with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Less than six months later, Porsche president and CEO Matthias Müller confirmed a hybrid Macan is well underway.
"We’re working on it. We’ll have it in one or two years," he said. The timetable is obviously pretty flexible here, but I think it’s safe to assume the most efficient Macan yet will break cover sometime in 2016 and go on sale for the 2017 model year.
Although Müller had nothing to say as to what drivetrain will motivate the Macan Hybrid, I’d be surprised if the crossover didn’t arrive with the same setup as the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which employs a supercharged, 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine and an electric motor that gets its juice from a 10.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. Total output is 416 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque (a 36-horsepower and 7-pound-feet improvement over the outgoing model), but expect the Macan Hybrid to have less than that. Since the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is only a few horses less powerful than the gasoline-powered S model, I expect the Macan Hybrid to develop just under the Macan S’ 340 horsepower.
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Porsche’s problems concerning the availability of the Macan started since the crossover was launched in 2014, but certain markets have had it much worse than others. Following a promise it made in early 2015, Porsche will increase its U.S. allocation for the Macan, and extra cars will begin to arrive in May.
"We do not want to continue to have a situation where we have a waiting list of five to six months," Porsche Cars North America CEO Detlev von Platen told Automotive News. "This is the reason we have decided to jump on the allocation for the United States and increase this for this year." Even though Porsche managed to sell 9,841 Macans in the U.S. since the model went on sale in May 2014, Van Platen has said that the demand is closer to 18,000 cars annually, the reason behind the long waiting lists.
This is not good news for everyone though, as the extra cars that will now go to the U.S. market will be shifted from others, albeit Porsche Cars NA did not disclose which markets will lose their allocations. The huge Macan demand has translated into Porsche reaching its goal of 50,000 cars sold annually in the U.S. four years earlier than it had originally prefigured. A number of North American dealerships have said that they can’t even keep one Macan as a demo car per dealer, since customers want them so badly.
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Porsche models are arguably some of the most factory-customizable vehicles on the market, but that didn’t stop the Germans from introducing a range of new options for the Panamera sedan and the Cayenne and Macan crossovers. The new features are offered via Porsche Exclusive, the division responsible for a wide array of bespoke models ranging from the Boxster to the Cayenne, and the list includes enhancements for both the exterior and the cabin, as well as a new exhaust system.
The biggest news here is the availability of the Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment system for all Panamera models. The feature that debuted in the Panamera Turbo S Exclusive Series, a limited-edition, U.S.-spec sedan built in only 100 units, adds two high-resolution 10.1-inch color touchscreen displays in the front-seat backrests. An integrated DVD player, two USB ports, an SD card slot and an HDMI port provide connection to a wide range of devices, while an integrated camera allows video telephony. The entertainment system also features internet connectivity and mobile access. The system will retail from €3,082.10 (around $3,234 as of 03/13/2015) in Germany.
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Not quite unexpectedly, Porsche’s new Macan has been an overwhelming success for the German carmaker, but you can’t have a picnic without inviting a few ants. Apparently, Porsche’s ants in the United States are ever-growing waiting lists for the midsize SUV, with customers having to wait at least six months after ordering their cars. Jumping in to help American dealers keep their customers, some Porsche executive have vowed to increase Macan supplies in 2015, so that buyers should get the ordered cars more quickly.
"We’re certainly pushing because it’s been a big success," said Joe Lawrence, COO of Porsche Cars North America, quoted by Automotive News during a Porsche meeting in San Francisco. "We’re having some issues with customers having to wait longer than we’d like, and we don’t want to lose those customers." On the other hand, Lawrence also mentioned that the Porsche factory in Leipzig is pretty much constrained at the moment, since there is a huge global demand for the model.
During the seven months of 2014 that the Macan was available in the United States, Porsche managed to sell 7,241 units and would have probably increased that number if dealers had been better supplied. To give you a better picture, seven months of Macan availability almost made Porsche North America reach its goal of 50,000 vehicles sold per year four years earlier than the original plan. Unfortunately, despite Porsche’s best intentions, the Macan’s production cannot be increased in the blink of an eye, especially since about a third of the car’s architecture is shared with the Audi Q5 and is dependent on different suppliers.
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With 2014 coming to an end in just a couple of weeks, we figure now is as good a time as any to reflect on the outgoing year and check out the best new cars of the past 12 months. Times of reflection on the past — or in this case, the very near past — are always food for thought, as they provide a more objective angle of approach toward a certain subject.
As the automotive industry is obviously a global entity, we decided to pick 10 of the best new cars that were launched in 2014 all over the globe, based on the impact that each has had in its segment, respectively.
Considering the name and overall editorial direction of TopSped.com, one may expect the following list to be filled to the brim with supercars, sports cars and hypercars, but that would not be very constructive, would it now?
Click past the jump to the 10 most important new vehicles of 2014 from our perspective, and in no specific order.
The folks over at Teknikens Värld are back in the news after an alarming review of a Porsche Macan S Diesel failing a moose test. If this rings any bells, we’d like to remind you that Teknikens Värld has had a history of “failed” moose tests, most notably on the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee back in July 2012. This time, test driver Linus Pröjtz performed the same test on the Macan S Diesel with strangely similar results as the Grand Cherokee.
During his test, Projtz noted that the Macan S Diesel’s left front wheel locked up during the move, which is designed to test the car’s maneuverability when the driver has to swerve because of a suddenly appearing obstacle. The locked wheel poses a problem because in real-life conditions, the Macan could veer into a different lane for a longer period of time. This increases the risk of an accident, which is obviously the last thing Porsche needs to happen to its brand new SUV.
Needless to say, Porsche issued a quick response to Projtz claims. According to the German automaker, the left front brake locked because the Macan’s Active Rollover Protection system engaged so the Macan doesn’t tip over to its side. It seems like a reasonable explanation, except that Porsche went into greater detail about how the system is supposed to work, adding that “the precise, momentary application of brake force to the front wheel at the outside of the bend down to the low slip range minimizes cornering forces to avoid critical or instable driving conditions such as oversteer, rollover or detachment of the tire from the wheel."
Judging by Teknikens Värld’s back-and-forth with Chrysler went after the 2012 Grand Cherokee’s moose test in July 2012, something tells me that this issue is far from over.
In today’s episode of “Car Company’s Gaining Sanity” it appears that Porsche will not be making a two-door version of its new Macan SUV. A new report from the Australian site Motoring claims that Porsche is in fact working on several new versions of the Macan from a Turbo S and GTS model all the way to a plug-in hybrid version like the Panamera S E-Hyrbid I just drove. This information comes from a spokesman for the brand named Paul Ellis.
According to Ellis, the Macan family will eventually grow to have the same number of members as the larger Cayenne. Despite these plans to grow, Ellis reiterated that there are no plans to drop 4WD and no plans for a two-door like the Range Rover Evoque. "All our SUVs are four-wheel drive," he said. "For me two-wheel drive is not an option.” He also stated “For us the Macan is [already] a coupe. It’s closer to the [BMW] X4 than X3. Evoque two-door is only 20 per cent [of sales].”
When it comes to those new models, Ellis was not willing to divulge details about the potential Turbo or GTS versions of the small SUV, but he did say that the PHEV version would use the exact same drivetrain that the other E-Hybrid models currently use. That means 416 horsepower, an EV range of around 15 miles and fuel economy that should crest the 30-mpg mark. Sounds pretty awesome.
That is all good news in my book. I am frankly quite tired of all these ridiculous SUVs that are not really SUVs. Porsche, I personally want to thank you for keeping your head on straight and staying away from obnoxious sales fads that water down your brand and performance image.
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Some people see the infiltration of compact SUVs into the luxury realm as a bit of a waste. They are only marginally larger than hatchbacks, get worse fuel economy than most hatchbacks and simply aren’t as composed as most hot hatchbacks. But most people haven’t driven the BMW X4 and the all-new Porsche Macan; specifically, the Macan S Diesel and the X4 xDrive30d.
Steve Sutcliffe had the opportunity to not only test out both SUVs, but he also got a chance to test them out back-to-back. What’s more, Steve refrained from doing the typical "how fast does it go" test. Though he did get into straight-line speed, he also tested out their light off-road capabilities, roominess and handling.
The BMW X4 xDrive30d carries with it 258 horses, 560 Nm (413 pound-feet) of torque, a 0-to-62-mph time of 5.8 seconds and a 234-km/h (145-mph) top speed. The Porsche Macan S Diesel carries 258 horsepower, 580 Nm (428 pound-feet) of torque, a 0-to-62-mph sprint of 6.3 seconds and a 230-km/h (142-mph) top speed. On paper, it appears as if the X4 will trot to an easy victory, but Sutcliffe goes beyond paper to see if the X4 can hold up in real life too.
Check out the video to see the results of the test.
The Porsche Macan has proven to be quite a popular model in the U.S. At least its popular enough that the crossover is already sold out for the year and a wait of more than six months faces every interested buyer of Porsche’s surprisingly popular SUV. So what to do if you want a Macan and you’re faced with that excruciatingly long wait? Well, how about short-term leases on the Boxster or the Cayman?
According to Automotive News, that’s the strategy Porsche Cars North America is employing. While customers wait for the arrival of their Macans, they can take advantage of short-term leases on the two Porsche sports cars. At the very least, the open-ended lease eases the wait until the Macan arrives.
The dilemma is serious enough for the company to take this kind of step. Porsche Cars North America CEO Detlev von Platen indicated that a majority of the Macan’s customer base are first-time buyers of the German brand and making them wait so long isn’t a good introduction to the Porsche brand.
With this lease program, customers can still enjoy other Porsche models until their Macan orders are filled. It’s a bold and risky move, but Porsche is banking on customers liking the idea.
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In the pure German tradition surrounding the company, Porsche-built sports cars and SUVs are synonymous with perfection. Or at least they were until a few months ago, when some fire-related issues affecting the 911 GT3 began staining the company’s reputation.
As it turns out, the Stuttgart-based company has a new problem to cope with, this time in regard to the newly launched 2015 Macan crossover. According to statement released by the automaker, approximately 2,500 models delivered since the Macan went on sale need checked for potential brake booster problems.
The manufacturer didn’t share too many details, but it appears that an in-house quality test revealed some brake boosters fitted in the Macan might have been damaged during the assembly process. If you’re not familiar with the device, a brake booster is a mechanism than multiplies the energy applied by the driver to the brake pedal. Despite the possible issue, Porsche claims the crossover’s braking function still "complies with legal requirements."
Additionally, Porsche says the affected Macans were "predominantly" delivered to customers located in Europe, which means U.S. customers have no reason to be concerned until further notice. Nevertheless, Porsche will contact all owners to have their vehicles checked for free. Porsche will replace defective brake boosters at no charge to the customers.
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Porsche has finally revealed the first details for the entry-level model that will fit below the Macan S in the company’s new SUV lineup. The news comes to confirm rumors saying that the brand new vehicle was set to receive a four-cylinder engine.
Getting right to the point, the base Macan will be motivated by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-pot that delivers 234 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm through a PDK transmission. In this configuration, the Macan has a top speed of 138 miles per hour and needs 6.9 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62 mph.
Moving over to fuel economy, the four-cylinder Macan will definitely be more efficient than the V-6 offerings. The Germans have yet to release final figures, but their estimates claim the base Macan will be able to return up to 28 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined.
For the record, the Macan S is estimated to provide 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. That’s a big improvement over the non-turbo V-6 model, but don’t get your hopes up because Porsche doesn’t plan on bringing the four-pot version to the United States as of now.
For now it appears the new model will become available in a number of Asian markets, with a European model being "special order only." Pricing for this model has yet to be announced.
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The newly launched Porsche Macan, which will wage war against the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5, has yet to reach U.S. showrooms, but that didn’t stop the folks over at Porsche Exclusive from meddling with the compact SUV.
Having already seen its take on the 2014 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo Cabriolet, we know What Porsche Exclusive is capable of when it comes to adding unique features inside and out. Flashy body colors, blacked-out headlamps and deep chocolate brown seats are just a few of the options that can be acquired form Porsche’s individualization program.
The same amenities are available for the brand new Macan as well, and the customized entry-level model you’re about to see below is proof enough. As with most Porsche Exclusive builds, this specific Macan S looks more aggressive without having that "in your face" statement attached to it.
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Things are going really well for Porsche these days. At the opening ceremony for the new Porsche Macan plant in Leipzig today, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller said he expects the automaker to break the 200,000-unit sales mark, partly in thanks to exploding interest in its small crossover, the Macan.
New for 2015, the Macan is based on the Audi Q5 and is Porsche’s second go in the SUV class. Its wildly popular Cayenne has been a great seller for the company since its introduction back in 2003. "We’re transferring the genes of the Porsche brand into a new market segment," Mueller said. "Porsche will remain a manufacturer of very exclusive premium cars."
What we take away from that quote is that Porsche will pander to the vogue SUV and crossovers of today, but will never abandon the classic sports car on which their brand, reputation, and faithful following is based upon.
To that end, Mueller continued saying in regards to future Macan models, "GTS versions have a tradition at Porsche. We haven’t made a final decision yet regarding the Macan, but I’m sure it makes a lot of sense." Sorta sounds like the Macan GTS’ first public teaser to us.
Until we hear more official words, we’re left to speculate. One thing is sure, however, and that’s Porsche’s certainty its all-new Macan will be a hit. Mueller continued in his speech saying Porsche is ready to push production beyond the 50,000 units currently being planned if demand for the sporty crossover continues in its skyward direction.
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Porsche just unveiled the new Macan, which is essentially a smaller version of the Cayenne SUV, and reports already suggest a few updates are in the works for 2014. Currently the Macan is offered only with V-6 engines, but now it looks like the lineup will also carry a new, four-cylinder engine.
AutoExpress, which spoke to Dr Thomas Casper, manager of transmission and drivetrain development at Porsche, reports that we should expect a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, horizontally opposed, four-cylinder engine with a horsepower rating that will position it under the current 3.0-liter, V-6 engine, which delivers 340 horsepower.
More precisely, we are likely looking at something under the 300-horsepower mark. With two fewer cylinder sucking down fuel, on should expect a considerable jump in fuel economy.We also expect to see this engine find its way into the Boxster and Cayman — that likely won’t happen until a few months after the Macan.
We expect the four-cylinder Macan to check in at around the £40k area in Europe — about $65k at the current exchange rates.
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Last time we caught the 2015 Porsche Macan, Porsche was testing around the Nurburgring race track. This time around, Porsche tested it in a more natural habitat: on the streets of Germany. The model that our spy photographers caught this time appears to be the standard version, not the Turbo one they caught last time.
The upcoming Macan will be a smaller alternative to the very successful Cayenne. Additionally, much of the Macan’s design language and technological features will be shared with its big brother.
What will be slightly different is the engine lineup, as Porsche will focus on making the Macan efficient rather than powerful and fast. This means it will be offered with a four-cylinder engine with 220 horsepower for the base, while the Turbo version will get a twin-turbo 3.0-liter, V-6 rated at 370 horsepower.
Rumors suggest that the new Porsche Macan will be unveiled in November at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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