The Macan gains a mild facelift before the next-gen model hits dealers

When Porsche decided to step into the SUV segment with the Cayenne, Porsche purists weren’t 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. Launched in 2014, the Macan just got its mid-cycle facelift for the 2019 model year.

While not as popular as the Cayenne, the Macan was also met with great enthusiasm. Porsche delivered more than 350,000 units from 2014 until 2018, with more than 25 percent of them shipped to China. As a result, the Germans paid big attention to this upgrade and made significant changes inside and out. Unfortunately, those of you who expected more powerful engines will be disappointed. But more on that in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Macan.

  • 2019 Porsche Macan
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    252
  • Torque @ RPM:
    273
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.3 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    142 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
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Exterior

  • Significant changes
  • Four-point headlamps
  • Sportier grille
  • Beefed-up bumper
  • Splitter-like element
  • 911-inspired taillights
  • New wheels
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Up front, the Macan gained a lot of features that are based on the 911

The changes are pretty significant for the facelift. Up front, the Macan gained a lot of features that are based on the 911. The headlamps, for instance, now feature the four-point LED lighting pattern we’ve seen on every other Porsche available right now. These headlamps are standard on every trim level.

The intakes below have also been revised. The center vent now has horizontal slats only, while the side outlets are bigger and have wider slats. The smaller side vents below are also longer, while the center opening is almost perfectly rectangular. All these new elements give the Macan a wider, sportier stance. Finally, the apron is larger and almost as sharp as a full-fledged splitter.

As usual, the profile is virtually identical save for the wheels, which can be had in new designs and 20- and 21-inch sizes. You can also opt for extra customizing features, such as a black dent in the lower doors, black window trim, or carbon-fiber mirror caps.

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Around back, the Macan remains unchanged above the taillights, but the latter are brand-new

Around back, the Macan remains unchanged above the taillights, but the latter are brand-new. On top of the recently introdued four-point design, they also feature Porsche’s new, three-dimensional LED strip with "Porsche" letters. We’ve seen this feature on the 911 and the Panamera and it’s a sign that it’s becoming a trademark element for the German brand. The diffuser also gained minor changes, but by far the most important is the new tailpipe setup with round outlets on each side.

Four new exterior colors are available for the revised Macan, including the cool Miami Blue you see here, Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic, and Crayon.

Interior

  • Bigger infotainment display
  • New A/C vents
  • GT sports steering wheel
  • New trim options
  • New technology
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The first thing that catches the eye is the new infotainment display, which now measures 11 inches

Updates inside the cabin are significant too. The first thing that catches the eye is the new infotainment display, which now measure 11 inches, four inches more than the old unit. The revised Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system offers access to new digital functions, such as intelligent voice control and the online navigation system and enabled Porsche to eliminate some of the buttons in the center stack for a cleaner look.

In order to fit the larger display in the center stack, Porsche also had to redesign and reposition the A/C vents. While these flanked the screen in the old model, they’re now much smaller and placed right above the center console in the revised SUV.

Another important change is the sportier GT steering wheel. Based on the one from the 911 sports car, the new steering wheel has revised controls and it can be equipped with a mode switch and the Sport Response Button. Both are part of the optional Sports Chrono Package and increases performance and adds the analog clock on the dashboard.

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Based on the 911 sports car, the new steering wheel has revised controls

Porsche made further upgrades in the equipment department, but most new features, like the Traffic Jam Assist, the ionizer, and the heated windscreen, are optional. The new Traffic Jam Assist feature includes adaptive cruise control, which provides a more comfortable and relaxed drive at speeds up to 60 km/h (37 mph). The system includes partially automated acceleration and braking functions, and it also assists with steering in slow-moving traffic.

Porsche also included a Connect Plus module, which underpins various digital functions and services such as intelligent voice control and the real-time traffic information.

As usual, you can choose from a wide range of features from the Porsche Exclusive division to customize the interior. The offer includes new trim and upholstery options, including carbon-fiber and fine leather.

Drivetrain

  • Same engines
  • Fine-tuned chassis
  • New tires
  • Not that many changes
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The crossover gained newly developed tires that improve grip and lateral dynamics

Under-the-hood upgrades are less significant, or at least that’s what I’m getting from the company’s press release. Porsche only talks of an optimized chassis and fine-tuning that delivers "enhanced neutrality while maintaining stability and improving comfort." The crossover also gained newly developed tires that improve grip and lateral dynamics.

There’s no word on drivetrains, which means that the Macan continues with the same engines. In the U.S., the range begins with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. With this engine, the Macan hits 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and tops out at 142 mph. Fuel consumption is estimated at 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

Next up is the Macan S, which draws its juice from a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 that generates 340 horses and 339 pound-feet of twist. Hitting 60 mph takes 5.2 seconds, while top speed is limited to 156 mph. When it comes to fuel consumption, the Macan S returns 19 mpg combined.

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Finally, there’s the Macan Turbo, powered by a twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 engine

More oomph comes from the Macan GTS model. Powered by the same engine as the Macan S, the GTS benefits from 360 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. As a result, the sprint to 60 mph drop to five seconds flat, while top speed increases to 159 mph. Fuel economy remains unchanged.

Finally, there’s the Macan Turbo, powered by a twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The mill cranks out 400 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, pushing the crossover from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, to go with a top speed of 164 mph. This model can be optioned up with a Performance Package, which raises output to 440 horses and 443 pound-feet. This model needs only 4.2 clicks to hit 60 mph, while top speed is rated at 168 mph.

A diesel model is also available in Europe and other markets. There’s a base model rated at 211 horsepower and 428 pound-feet and a more powerful version that delivers 258 horses and 428 pound-feet. Both are motivated by a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel engine.

All Macan models feature a seven-speed PDK transmission and all-wheel drive. Options include an air suspension and the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system.

Prices

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Pricing for the Macan shouldn’t change much with the facelift, so expect the upgraded model to be just a tad more expensive than outgoing crossover. The current lineup starts from $47,800 for the base model, while the Macan S retails from $55,400. The GTS model comes in at $68,900. Moving over to the Macan Turbo, it retails from $77,200 before options, while the Performance Package increases the sticker to $87,700.

Competition

BMW X3

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As I said before, this segment is pretty ripe with competitors, and the BMW X3 is one of the key players. Redesigned for the 2018 model year, it has a sportier design and a well-equipped interior. However, it’s nowhere near as aggressive as the 911-inspired Macan, so Porsche kind of wins in this department. The X3 is available with just two drivetrains in the U.S. There’s the xDrive30i model, which uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 249 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Sprinting from 0 to 60 mph takes six seconds, so this trim is a solid competitor for the base Macan. The second model is the M40i, which is similar to the Macan GTS. Powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six, this model comes with 355 horsepower and 369 pound-feet on tap. Getting to 60 mph takes 4.6 seconds, while top speed is reached at 130 mph. In Europe, there’s a less powerful four-pot with 181 horsepower, as well as a couple of diesel offerings with 187 horses and 295 pound-feet and 261 horsepower and 457 pound-feet. Pricing starts from $42,450 for the xDrive30i and from $54,300 for the M40i.

Read our full review of the 2018 BMW X3.

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

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The recently introduced F-Pace is also a solid competitor for the Porsche Macan, but the highlight here is the SVR model, basically one of the very model that can give the Macan Turbo a run for its money. Fitted with a more aggressive exterior, it also uses a massive, supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 that delivers an incredible 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. The SVT hits 60 mph from a standing start in only 4.1 seconds, a tenth-second quicker than the Macan Turbo with the Performance Package, while delivering the best top speed in class at 176 mph. Making things that much better is the fac that the F-Pace SVR retails from $79,990. That’s two grand more than the Macan Turbo, but $8,000 less than the Performance Package version.

Read our full story on the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace SVR.

Conclusion

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I’ll be honest here, the Macan gained a bit more changes than expected inside and out. Sure, the LED taillight strip and the four-point headlamps were obvious choices, but Porsche made the Macan look significantly more aggressive by adding new bumpers front and rear. The bigger infotainment display and the sportier steering wheel are also welcomed additions, but some of the more interesting features are still optional. I’m a bit disappointed that Porsche didn’t upgrade the engines, but to be honest, the Macar is powerful enough as it is in all trims, even when compared to its rivals. Sure, Porsche still needs a Turbo S model to go against the F-Pace SVR, but maybe the Germans are working on one as we speak.

  • Leave it
    • * Will only prolong it’s life by a couple of years
    • * No powertrain updates

Further Reading

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Update History

Update 1-4-2018: The Porsche Macan was caught playing again, this time in the snow. Check out the latest images below.

Spy Shots

June 12, 2018 – The Porche Macan hits the Road One Last Time Before Production

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It’s been more than a year since we first saw the facelifted Macan putting in work and not a lot has changed. And, like all Porsche facelifts, the facelifted model won’t change much compared to the model that’s in showrooms now. However, now that it’s in pre-production for, we pretty much know exactly what it will look like. Since we saw it last, Porsche has dialed in all the finer details. It now has the gloss black trim above the air intakes, and there’s now a single louver inside each one. The air dam extends the full width of the fascia and is no thinner than below. The only thing that’s not production here is maybe some trim elements around the corners and the official Porsche grille. As you can see from looking at the side, it’s also rolling on production wheels.

Around back, we can see that there’s a new overhang above the rear glass that now has more prominent fins on each side of the high-mount stop light. The taillights have a slightly different layout too, however, we can tell if that’s decoy tape inside or some kind of weird graphics – we’ll just have to wait and see on that one. A new rear diffuser, if that’s what you would call it, is in place with the typical square-shaped exhaust outlets. They are unfinished but should be chrome on the production model. In the end, you can expect to see the facelifted Macan debut within the next couple of months. Seeing it in green paint and dialed in is a clear indicator that it’s ready for production and with a new-gen model expected in the next few years, Porsche will undoubtedly have this thing ready to go on sale later this year as a 2019 model. Check out the gallery at the end of the page if you want to see more shots of the upcoming Macan.

Jan 4, 2018 – Porsche Macan Plays In the Snow

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We’ve caught another glimpse of the updated Macan stretching its wheels, but – as we expected – nothing has changed on the little SUV since its last showing on May 5, 2017. It’s still rolling with the same fascias, headlights, and paint color too. This facelift will be rather mild, so don’t expect much. With that said, engineers have been testing these prototypes for quite a while, so there may be something new and fresh under the metal that we don’t know about yet. We could see updated suspensions, brakes, chassis components for a better ride, or even some new engine tweaking for a little extra power. But, until it debuts, check out the latest images if you feel the need to scratch an itch.

May 5, 2017 - Porsche Macan caught testing once again

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Press release

Porsche has unveiled the new Macan in Shanghai. The compact SUV has been a great success since its launch in 2014, and has now been significantly enhanced in terms of its design, comfort, connectivity and driving dynamics, allowing the Macan to remain the sporty flagship in its segment.

The new Macan stays true to the Porsche design DNA with a three-dimensional LED tail light strip. LED technology also features in the headlights as standard. The most striking innovations inside the vehicle include the 11-inch touchscreen of the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM), re-designed and re-positioned air vents and the GT sports steering wheel familiar from the 911. The PCM enables access to new digital functions, such as intelligent voice control and the online navigation system provided as standard. The vehicle’s range of comfort equipment has also been expanded to include a traffic jam assist, an ioniser and a heatable windscreen.
LED headlights and new tail light strip as standard

Thanks to a number of conscious changes to the exterior, the new Macan now has an even sportier and more modern look. Numerous details reflect the DNA of the iconic 911 sports car and the 918 Spyder. In particular, the topic of lighting plays a key role: The new Macan is equipped with headlights featuring LED technology as standard.

This high-quality lighting system featuring modules with a three-dimensional design can be further optimised if desired: The Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS) can be used to adaptively control the light distribution. The front end of the Macan has been meticulously re-worked so that it now appears even wider, while the comprehensive overhaul at the rear builds on the sleek design of the predecessor model. The three-part, three-dimensional LED light strip represents another typical Porsche design element at the rear. The four-point design of the brake lights also reflects the brand’s identity.
New options: GT sports steering wheel, ioniser and Traffic Jam Assist

The link to the 911 is consolidated in the interior of the new Macan with the optional GT sports steering wheel. The mode switch plus Sport Response Button integrated into the steering wheel is also showcased in the Macan as part of the optional Sports Chrono Package. Porsche has extended the list of comfort options to include a heated windscreen and an ioniser to improve the air quality in the interior. New exterior colours such as “Miami Blue”, “Mamba Green Metallic” “Dolomite Silver Metallic” and “Crayon” combined with new interior packages ensure that the Macan is now more customisable than ever before.

The interior

Porsche has also used the facelift as an opportunity to expand the range of assistance systems in the Macan. The new Traffic Jam Assist including adaptive cruise control enables more comfortable and relaxed driving behaviour at speeds up to 60 km/h. Not only does the system feature partially automated acceleration and braking – it also assists with steering in a traffic jam or in slow-moving traffic.
11-inch touchscreen display and full connectivity

Through the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM), the Macan offers total connectivity and numerous digital functions. Above the typical Porsche rising centre console, a full-HD touchscreen enlarged from seven to eleven inches has been incorporated seamlessly into the newly designed instrument panel. Just like in the Panamera and Cayenne, 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.

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 cutting-edge, 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.
Optimised chassis with new tyres and wheels

Thanks to its optimised chassis, the new Macan is able to consolidate its exceptional status as a sports car in the compact SUV segment. Fine-tuning of the chassis delivers enhanced neutrality while maintaining stability and improving comfort. Although unusual for the SUV segment, the Macan still features mixed tyres with different widths on the front and rear axles. As with Porsche sports cars, this arrangement enables the driver to take full advantage of the intelligent, all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) when it comes to driving dynamics. Newly developed tyres with improved performance characteristics enable even better lateral dynamics for enhanced driving pleasure, while the new 20- and 21-inch wheels also offer greater scope to customise the design.

A model of success: more than 350,000 Macan deliveries since 2014

The Macan is a genuine success story. The combination of typical Porsche performance on any terrain coupled with a high degree of everyday practicality impressed customers right from the start: Since 2014, Porsche has delivered more than 350,000 units. With over 100,000 deliveries to date, the model is especially popular in the Chinese market where Porsche unveiled the redesigned compact SUV. The model presented in Shanghai will be offered exclusively in the Chinese market. Other models and markets will follow during the course of the year.

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