Porsche has revealed the first-generation Macan’s second facelift, with Australian deliveries of the updated mid-size SUV set to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.
The Macan range is now comprised of three variants, with the previously flagship Macan Turbo grade ($145,200 plus on-road costs) having departed as part of a reshuffle.
As such, the unnamed entry-level version ($84,800, +$500) still kicks the line-up off, while the mid-range Macan S ($105,800, +$5000) and flagship Macan GTS ($129,800, +$17,500) now round it out.
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The eponymous range-opener is still motivated by a 2.0-litre single-turbo petrol four-cylinder engine, although its “newly developed” version produces 195kW of power (+10kW) and 400Nm of torque (+30Nm) to sprint from a standstill to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds (with the optional Sport Chrono package) while on the way to a top speed of 232km/h.
Meanwhile, the Macan S has traded in its 260kW/480Nm 3.0-litre single-turbo petrol V6 for a 280kW/520Nm 2.9-litre twin-turbo unit. If the latter sounds familiar, it’s because it was formerly used by the Macan GTS, which now has the departing Macan Turbo’s 324kW/550Nm tune.
The Macan S reaches triples digits in 4.6s (with the optional Sport Chrono package) and has a terminal velocity of 259km/h, while the Macan GTS is 0.3s quicker (with the standard Sport Chrono package) and 13km/h faster.
No matter the variant, the Macan is mated to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system.
Other changes to the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, Lexus NX and Mercedes-Benz GLC rival include retuned adaptive dampers (standard in the Macan S and Macan GTS) and the availability of sports suspension with air springs (standard in the Macan GTS).
Styling-wise, the Macan’s front and rear fascias have been subtlety tweaked, with the nose and diffuser most notably redesigned, while three new paintwork options (Papaya Metallic, Gentian Blue Metallic and Python Green) have become available.
Inside, the centre console and two steering wheel options have been overhauled, with the former headlined by touch-sensitive buttons and a 10.9-inch touchscreen that’s powered by Porsche’s latest multimedia system.
Standard equipment in the unnamed entry-level grade includes 19-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry, rear privacy glass, push-button start, Apple CarPlay support, 14-way power-adjustable front comfort seats, gloss-black interior trim, blind-spot monitoring, surround-view cameras and front and rear parking sensors.
The Macan S and Macan GTS also get metallic paintwork and a Bose surround-sound system, while the latter has an optional GTS Sport package that adds torque vectoring, 21-inch GT Design alloy wheels, 18-way power-adjustable front sports seats, Race-Tex and extended leather upholstery, and carbon-fibre interior trim.
2022 Porsche Macan pricing before on-road costs
|Macan S||automatic||$105,800 (+$5000)|
|Macan GTS||automatic||$129,800 (+$17,500)|