The new generation Porsche Macan compact sports SUV makes its European première at the Paris Auto Show this week. The highlight of the new model remains its driving experience and, in addition to revisions to the engine and chassis, the latest car also introduces fresh ideas to the overall design, interior comfort and connectivity.
Under the bonnet sits an efficient 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with improved combustion chamber geometry and gasoline particulate filter. It delivers 245 hp (180 kW) and a maximum torque of 370 Nm. In combination with its seven-speed PDK double-clutch gearbox, the four-wheel drive, four door sports car can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds and the potential to reach a top speed of 139 mph (225 km/h). According to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), its fuel consumption is 34.9 mpg (8.1 l/100 km); equivalent to 185 g/km CO2 (see footnote).
New chassis tuning for enhanced handling and ride
In keeping with its positioning as the sports car in the compact SUV segment, the driving dynamics of the Macan remain the primary focus. The revised chassis further optimises the responsiveness and comfort, to make the Macan even more enjoyable to drive. As is typical for a sports car, it comes with mixed-size tyres front:rear, enabling the driver to take full advantage of the handling benefits of the intelligent all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system.
Newly developed tyres with improved performance characteristics allow for even better cornering agility. The wheel styles available range from 18 inch diameter as standard to 21 inch diameter as an option.
Streamlined design with full LED lights and new colours
The new, three-part, three-dimensional LED light strip across the rear of the Macan represents a typical element of the Porsche design DNA. The brake lights with their four-point cues are another immediately recognisable embodiment of the brand identity. LED technology is incorporated as standard into the new main headlight design, while the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) option can be used to control light distribution adaptively.
The introduction of these new exterior styling features are intended to bring a more purposeful look to the Macan, as well as incorporating more contemporary design elements. The front of the new model has been styled to lend the car a wider appearance, while the overall impression intends to build on the sleek lines of the prior model. Customers also now have more scope to express their personality thanks to the addition of four new exterior colours – Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic, Miami Blue and Crayon.
Fully interconnected: Porsche Connect Plus and online navigation as standard
The Macan offers a range of digital possibilities through the use of the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. The full-HD touchscreen is now 10.9 inches wide (previously 7.2 inches). As in the Panamera and Cayenne, the user interface can be adapted to suit personal requirements via pre-defined tiles. Fully interconnected as standard, the new system features online navigation, mobile phone preparation, two audio interfaces and intelligent voice control. Other features provided on board as standard include Porsche Connect Plus (with LTE phone module and SIM card reader), a WLAN hotspot and an array of Porsche Connect services.
The ability to connect to Here Cloud, which is used for navigational purposes, is essential. The cloud provides the driver with up-to-date online data at all times, thereby allowing the route to be calculated rapidly. The Porsche Connect app and Porsche Car Connect app enable the driver to communicate with the Macan via their smartphone. And the Offroad Precision app can be used to make the off-road experience in the Macan even more involving, with the possibility to record adventures as they unfold.
New options: GT sports steering wheel, air ioniser and traffic assistant
The new Macan offers the choice of an expanded range of options with enhanced assist systems to choose from. The optional GT sports steering wheel echoes the style of the Porsche 911. A mode switch integrated into the steering wheel – including sport response button – is part of the optional Sport Chrono Package that can be fitted in the Macan. The new Traffic Assist system uses adaptive cruise control to allow the vehicle to travel at speeds of up to 37 mph (60 km/h) for a more pleasant and relaxing drive. As well as being able to accelerate and brake semi-automatically, the system helps the driver to stay in their lane in traffic jams and poor-flowing traffic. Porsche has further extended the list of options designed to enhance convenience, which now includes a heated windscreen and an air ioniser that – together with the fine particulate air filter (fitted as standard) – improves the quality of the air inside the vehicle.
Available to order now: the new Macan with more features as standard
Built at the Porsche factory in Leipzig, the new Macan is available to order now from Porsche Centres priced from £46,344.00 RRP. The range of standard features has been expanded to include LED main headlights and the new PCM with online navigation and Connect Plus.
A model of success: more than 350,000 Macan delivered 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 around the world.