The Porsche Macan gets its first facelift



A refreshed rear end and upgraded infotainment top the (short) list of changes; due Singapore early 2019

SINGAPORE — The Porsche Macan turns four this year, which means it’s just received its mid-life update. The aim is to help the smaller of Porsche’s two Sports Utility Vehicles keep up with newer rivals, such as the BMW X3 and Range Rover Velar.

As is expected of a Porsche (remember, the 911 has been steadily honed for 55 years), the changes are only evolutionary in nature; anyone who can identify a facelifted Macan without a side-by-side comparison deserves a cookie.

Up front, there are updated LED headlights with the company’s signature four-point light profile, as well as a slightly rearranged bumper and intakes. The changes round the back are more obvious, the Macan sporting a full-width LED light bar as seen on the 718 Boxster/Cayman, Panamera and new Cayenne.

There are also new wheel 20 and 21-inch wheel designs, and new colour options, including the retro-tastic Miami Blue you see here.

On the inside, the Macan gets a major tech update, borrowing the 11-inch HD infotainment touchscreen from the bigger Panamera and Cayenne (up from a 7-inch screen).

More crucially, this has enabled greater functionality, such as more sophisticated voice recognition software. There’s also an option for a GT sports steering wheel, which also houses the drive mode selector and Sport Response button on Sports Chrono Pack-equipped cars.

Interestingly, Porsche has not made mention of what can be found behind the Macan’s refreshed face. That means the engine lineup should remain broadly the same — that is, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder in the base car, and V6s for everything else — but some reports have suggested that the range-topping Macan Turbo might see a shift to the biturbo 2.9-litre V6 from the new Cayenne S. This would make sense, considering the Macan Turbo currently utilises the 3.6L V6 from the old Cayenne S.

The Macan is an important model for Porsche — 350,000 units have been sold since its introduction in 2014, making it Porsche’s fastest-selling car. That’s an average of almost 90,000 a year; for perspective, that’s roughly the same as the total number of new cars sold in Singapore last year.

On that note, interested buyers can now place pre-orders for the new Macan with authorised dealer Stuttgart Auto, ahead of an expected local launch in the first quarter of 2019. Our money’s on a local debut at the 2019 Singapore Motor Show.

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