There’s an all-electric Porsche Macan coming, but the internal combustion engine-powered model has been given a new lease on life in its twilight years.
It’s received a series of mechanical and aesthetic updates, as well as a reshuffling of the range and specifications.
The updated Macan is available to order now, and will arrive in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2021.
The range comprises base Macan, mid-range S and flagship GTS variants, with the Turbo variant gone.
Prices are up by as little as $500 for the base model to as much as $17,500 for the GTS. There’s more power across the board, however.
The base Macan uses a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 195kW of power. With the optional Sport Chrono package, it has a 0-100km/h time of 6.2 seconds, or 0.3 seconds quicker than the previous 185kW base model.
The Macan S is now equipped with a version of the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 from the GTS, producing 280kW of power.
That’s up 20kW on the 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 in the old car.
Opting for the Sport Chrono package gives the S a 4.6-second sprint to 100km/h.
The GTS’ twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine now produces 44kW more power for a total of 324kW, the same as the outgoing Turbo.
With the now-standard Sport Chrono package, it does the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.3 seconds.
All models use a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission and ‘Porsche Traction Management’ all-wheel drive.
The Macan range has received some chassis tweaks aimed at giving it a better ride/handling balance and superior steering feedback.
The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, standard on the S and GTS and optional on the base model, has also received some tweaks.
The GTS picks up standard sport air suspension, which lowers the body by 10mm. Porsche says it’s 10 per cent more rigid on the front axle and 15 per cent firmer on the rear axle.
The range-topper is also available with an optional GTS Sport package, which adds 21-inch ‘GT design’ wheels with performance tyres, as well as Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus.
All Macan models now feature LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) as standard.
There’s a restyled front fascia, with the centre finished in black on the GTS, while the rear has a restyled diffuser.
New colours include Papaya Metallic and Gentian Blue Metallic. Python Green is available on the Macan GTS, but only when you add the GTS Sport package.
Inside, touch-capacitive controls have taken over. There’s still a nod to the past, though, in the form of a standard analogue clock.
There’s a shorter gear shifter located on the centre console, while the Macan borrows the new multi-function and GT Sport steering wheels from the 911.
Porsche says it’s also introduced a number of leather upholstery and contrasting seam packages in Gentian Blue, Papaya and Crayon.
Porsche says the Macan is particularly important as 80 per cent of all Macan buyers are new to the brand. It also has the highest percentage of female buyers, a number that has continued to rise.
The upcoming electric Macan will share the Audi and Porsche co-developed Premium Platform Electric (PPE) with the upcoming Audi Q5 E-Tron. It’s set for launch in 2022.
- 2022 Porsche Macan: $84,800 (+$500)
- 2022 Porsche Macan S: $105,800 (+$5000)
- 2022 Porsche Macan GTS: $129,800 (+$17,500)
All prices exclude on-road costs.
The entry-level 2022 Porsche Macan is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 195kW of power.
Stepping up to the Macan S adds a twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine with 280kW of power, while the GTS has the same size engine but 324kW of power.
Fuel economy information for the 2022 Porsche Macan has yet to be released.
While dimensions have yet to be released for the 2022 model, the 2021 Porsche Macan measures 4696mm long, 1923mm wide (2098mm including the mirrors) and 1624mm tall in base and S guise.
The GTS is 4686mm long, 1926mm wide and 1609mm tall.
Servicing and Warranty
The Porsche Macan is backed by a three-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
We’ll update this article when service pricing has been confirmed.
The Porsche Macan doesn’t have a rating from ANCAP, though it has an older, five-star rating from Euro NCAP based on testing conducted in 2014. This took place before ANCAP harmonised its ratings with Euro NCAP.
All models come standard with the following safety equipment:
- Lane-change assist
- Reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors
- Surround-view camera
- Front, front-side and curtain airbags
Porsche has released some preliminary specifications. We’ll update this when more information becomes available.
The Macan comes standard with the following equipment:
- 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Apple CarPlay
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- 14-way power front seats with memory
- Privacy glass
The Macan S adds:
- Bose sound system
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Keyless entry and start
The Macan GTS adds 21-inch alloy wheels.
The GTS is available with a GTS Sport package which adds:
- 18-way sport seats
- Carbon interior package
- Race-Tex upholstery with extended leather trim
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