Porsche originally launched the Macan SUV in 2014 and in four years it hasn’t been as charismatic as its bigger sibling. As a result, for 2018-19, the German sports car maker has taken it to task and tried to eliminate niggles with a view to ensure the Macan can make a favourable impact in the minds of consumers who now have plenty of other competitive models to choose from.
Porsche now refers the 2019 model year Macan on its website as as Macan II. First unveiled in July 2018 in Shanghai with a petrol four-cylinder base model, the European debut took place at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Now, the production models are being released.
Both engineering and exterior cosmetics have been looked into and reworked chassis Porsche says now improve both ride and handling. The all-wheel drive system features the Porsche Traction Management system to maximize traction on various road conditions. In addition to the retuned suspension, Porsche has also incorporated redesigned tires to increase lateral grip. A variety of wheel and tyre packages ranging from 18 to 21 inches in diameter are now available.
Cosmetic enhancements included a streamlined front face that appears wider and incorporates LED lighting. The rear is also redesigned to include LED lighting built into a light bar that now extends the full width of the liftgate. The redesigned interior now comes with Porsche Communication Management with 10.9-inch touchscreen display and Connect Plus system. Among the new options available on the Macan is a GT sport steering wheel modeled after the one used in the 911.
The current engine was introduced in 2016 which is a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder unit offering 245 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque when mated to a 7-speed PDK dual clutch automatic transmission. 0-100km/h acceleration takes about 6.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 225km/h.