Porsche is planning an electric Macan which is expected to debut in 2023, but before that, the ICE model is getting an update for 2022. This, most probably, might also be its last ICE update. The updated crossover now comes with more power, firmer suspension, and tweaked looks inside and out.
The second-generation lineup of Porsche’s best-selling vehicle still includes three versions – the standard (called just the Macan), the Macan S and the Macan GTS. The top trim GTS now replaces the Turbo model of the previous generation. The new Macan models are already available to order with a starting price of 62,917 euros and Europe deliveries will begin from October 2021.
All three versions of the Macan come with a new operating concept and significantly more power than their predecessors. The base model, Macan continues to use a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that now produces 265 horsepower (195 kW) and 400 Nm (295 pound-feet) of torque, increases of 20 hp and 30 Nm respectively. It gets a top speed of 232 km/h (144 mph) with a capability to do 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 6.2 seconds.
The two all-wheel-drive 2.9-litre V6 model variants also enjoyed a power boost. In the Macan S, the output climbed by 26 to 380 hp (280 kW) and the torque by 40 to 520 Nm, taking the position of the current GTS. However, the price for it rose by a good 5,000 euros to 71,723 euros. The power unit propels the vehicle from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds while it has a top speed of up to 259 km/h.
On the other hand, the new Macan GTS replaces the Macan Turbo, which is being deleted without replacement. The GTS now costs EUR 9,000 more and comes with an entry-level price of EUR 88,264. In terms of performance, the sporty flagship gains by 60 to 440 hp (324 kW). With the responsiveness and power delivery typical of Porsche GTS cars, it completes the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 4.3 seconds when fitted with the Sport Chrono package and reaches a top speed of 272 km/h.
All engines are coupled to the seven-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and come with the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive system.
In terms of design, Porsche has reportedly given the Macan a facelift, but without seeing this new model side-by-side with its 2014 alteration, the differences are hard to spot. However, there are a handful of changes. The redesigned front fascia now comes with a body-coloured applique.
In GTS trim, the mid-section at the front and various other elements are finished in black. At the rear, the diffuser is now taller and runs further into the bumper. It also now runs the whole width of the bumper, giving it a more aggressive look.
Sporty driving enthusiasts get a feast with the new Macans. The German automaker says the 2022 Macan benefits from an optimized chassis and responds to driver input and road conditions with more finesse and precision. Additionally, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is now optional on the base Macan and standard on S and GTS models, which continuously adjusts the damping at all corners.
The Macan GTS also gets an adaptive air suspension which drops the ride height by 10 millimetres while increasing rigidity by 10 percent upfront and 15 percent in the rear. For yet another layer of sportiness, the available GTS Sport package adds 21-inch GT RS Spyder Design wheels, Pirelli P Zero Corsa summer tires, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) rear axle and the Sport Chrono package with more black exterior trim. Macan GTS models come equipped with Porsche’s tungsten-carbide-coated brakes, first seen on the Cayenne SUV. The GTS also has black tailpipes, clear LED taillights, and unique side skirts.
A total of 14 colours are available for the new Macan, including the new colours Papaya Metallic and Gentian Blue Metallic, as well as Python Green for the Macan GTS with the GTS Sport package. LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting System (PDLS) and Sport Design side mirrors now also come standard across the line. There are also seven new wheels to choose from on the new Macan models, and standard sizes vary from 19 to 21 inches based on the model.
The interior of every 2022 Macan now comes standard with the analogue clock on the dashboard that was formerly only available with the Sport Chrono package. The driver now gets GT Sport steering wheels from the 911. The Macan’s button-filled centre console now has been replaced with haptic-touch digital controls much like the Cayenne, and a larger storage compartment. The area also flaunts a shorter gear selector.
On the dash area, the touchscreen still measures 10.9 inches and comes standard with a navigation system and Apple CarPlay capability (sorry, still no Android Auto). New interior stitching options include Papaya, Gentian Blue and Chalk.
With the aforementioned GTS Sport package, the cabin also packs in 18-way adjustable sport seats along with Race-Tex upholstery with extended leather elements, various items with contrast stitching and GTS lettering in Python Green. It also flaunts a model exclusive carbon interior package.
All 2022 Macans come standard with lane-departure warnings and front and rear parking sensors. Active safety options include a self-parking feature, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, and automatic emergency braking, which should be standard on every vehicle on the market.
Porsche Macan provides competition to the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, BMW X4, Audi Q5 and Land Rover Range Rover Velar.
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Macan GTS with GTS Sport package