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Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Porsche Macan

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/17/2018 Motor Trend Staff
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Midcycle refreshes on Porsche vehicles usually require a magnifying glass to see what's changed, but in the case of the 2019 Macan, the updates are pretty clear. For the 2019 model year, Porsche's compact crossover has gone under the knife and received a significant update inside and out.

Up front, the grille has been reshaped and made wider. The lower air intakes on the refreshed model are also less rounded than on the pre-facelift Macan. Perhaps the most obvious change is the shape of the headlights, which are now similar those found on the Panamera and third-generation Cayenne. The 2019 Macan also gets the quad LED daytime running light strips in each headlight cluster just like its larger siblings.

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Where things don't change much is in the refreshed Macan's side profile, which remains virtually the same as the outgoing model. Out back, the refreshed Macan adapts Porsche's new full-width taillight design, which uses an LED light strip that spans the crossover's rear end, connecting both lamps together. This was first seen on the facelifted 911 before making its way to the Panamera and Cayenne, and now the Macan.

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Inside, the refreshed Macan gets a redesigned dash with a new center stack and reshaped air vents. A large touchscreen—and we mean large at 12 inches—is the new centerpiece of the dash, and the center air vent are now beneath it instead of at its flanks. Sadly, the button-happy center console remains.

Porsche hasn't released much information regarding the refreshed 2019 Macan, but we expect it to get the brand's latest PCM infotainment system and new safety and tech features. Engine choices should carry over from the outgoing model but there's a possibility that Porsche will also add a Turbo S variant as the new range-topper and the most powerful model in the Macan lineup.

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