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2019 Porsche Macan SUV revealed with new look and technology

Autocar logo Autocar 25/07/2018 Greg Kable

The updated Porsche Macan has been unveiled in China with revised styling and new technology.

The new version of the Macan, which Autocar has already driven in prototype form, is due to go on sale in the UK later this year. While Porsche is yet to confirm engine details, the range will feature a Macan S powered by a 335bhp 3.0-litre V6, and, at least at launch, no diesels.

Having taken more than 350,000 sales since it launched four years ago, the Macan is the fastest-selling Porsche model to date, but it is facing stiff competition in the premium SUV class from the Audi Q5, BMW X4, Jaguar F-Pace and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé.

2019 Porsche Macan SUV revealed with new look and technology © Autocar 2019 Porsche Macan SUV revealed with new look and technology

The model's facelift includes a redesigned front bumper, new LED projector headlights and a full-width LED strip between the tail-lights. A new range of 20in and 21in alloy wheels are also to be offered.

Inside, there's a redesigned dashboard featuring Porsche's Communication Management system. As in other new Porsche models, this features a centre console touchscreen increased in diameter from 7.0in to 11.0in. In addition, the central air vents have been repositioned and now sit below the display.

Porsche also claims enhanced connectivity for the Macan through a standard Connect Plus module, which supports real-time swarm-based traffic data sourced from Here, the mapping company partly owned by fellow Volkswagen Group brand Audi.

2019 Porsche Macan SUV revealed with new look and technology © Autocar 2019 Porsche Macan SUV revealed with new look and technology

Further changes include the availability of an optional GT sports steering wheel featuring a so-called Sport Response button.

Porsche has also extended its range of driver assistance systems to include a new Traffic Jam Assist function as standard. This uses adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance to enable partially autonomous driving capability at speeds up to 37mph.

Porsche has yet to confirm the Macan's revised engine line-up due to delays in the WLTP testing process.

The new version of the Macan is due to go on sale in the UK later this year

The new version of the Macan is due to go on sale in the UK later this year
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However, it's expected that the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the entry-level Macan will receive a moderate increase in power, from 248bhp to around 256bhp.

Further up the range, the changes are set to be more significant. As in the Cayenne, the existing turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 used in the Macan S, Macan GTS and Macan Turbo will be replaced by two different V6 engines developed in an engineering partnership between Porsche and Audi.

The Macan S appears likely to receive a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 with the same 335bhp as today’s turbocharged 3.6-litre V6. The same unit is set to feature in the Macan GTS with 20bhp more than the current turbocharged 3.6-litre V6, at 375bhp, according to well-placed sources.


Slideshow: The Engines Powering the 2019 Macan

At the top of the line-up, the Macan Turbo is planned to adopt a turbocharged 2.9-litre V6. Insiders suggest the new unit will develop around 20bhp more than the existing turbocharged 3.6-litre V6, at 414bhp, with an upcoming Macan Turbo S likely to produce around 454bhp.

Recent comments from Porsche boss Oliver Blume suggest diesel engines could be dropped from the line-up entirely despite enjoying strong sales in many markets, including the UK.

Even if Porsche decides to continue with a diesel Macan, an ongoing legal wrangle between Porsche and Audi over the supply of diesel engines and the apparent use of defeat devices to manipulate emissions results is expected to delay any introduction of a successor to the Macan S Diesel.

2019 Porsche Macan SUV revealed with new look and technology © Autocar 2019 Porsche Macan SUV revealed with new look and technology

As with original Macan models, all engines will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, as well as a multi-plate-clutch four-wheel drive system.

The Macan is not expected to offer a hybrid drivetrain owing to restrictions in the basic engineering of its platform, which is shared with the previous-generation Audi Q5, prohibiting the housing of a sufficiently sized battery.

Porsche says the Macan’s driving dynamics have been further improved with the facelifted model, suggesting that fine-tuning of the chassis has brought “enhanced neutrality while maintaining stability and improving comfort”.


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