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2019 Porsche Macan revealed, more power, improved tech

It’s hard to believe but the 2019 Porsche Macan has arrived. The Macan, launched here in Australia in 2014, has reached the mid-point of its life-cycle, which means it’s time for a facelift.

The 2019 Porsche Macan will be distinguished by mechanical and styling changes, which bring it into line with the rest of Porsche’s range and modernise it in the face of tougher competition than ever.

While the Medium SUVs over $60,000 segment has grown in the first half of 2018 year-to-date (VFACTS), Macan’s market share has dropped slightly from 9.4 per cent to 7.2 per cent. A lot of this is down to the addition of new players such as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Range Rover Velar, Lexus NX and all-new versions of the BMW X3, X4 and Audi Q5.

The comprehensive update includes Porsche’s “four-point” DRL headlamp graphic, as seen on the Mission-E concept and 718 Boxster/Cayman, as well as revised side grilles, rear end, colours, interior, and powertrains. The taillamps are joined together via a horizontal LED with a 3D ‘Porsche’ script spanning its width.

Inside, the vents have been repositioned from the side of the infotainment screen to underneath. As a result, the screen grows in size from 8.0-inches to 11.0-inches. Other noteworthy features include the availability of a ‘GT’ steering wheel, with a rotary drive mode switch as seen on the 918 Spyder. An ‘off-road precision app’ optimises the Macan for dirt-road jaunts.

As previously confirmed, Porsche is abandoning diesel, no doubt in the wake of parent company Volkswagen Group’s ‘dieselgate’ scandal, so the Macan will be a strictly petrol-powered proposition (for now). The Macan S will cop a boost to 253kW while the Macan Turbo is expected to borrow the 330kW unit from its bigger brother, the Cayenne. The entry level Macan will be motivated by a 2.0-litre turbo four, making 187kW. No talk of hybrids or electrification now, as the Macan hasn’t migrated to the MLB Evo platform yet.

New colours include Miami Blue, Dolomite Silver Metallic, Mamba Green Metallic and Crayon Grey, whilst new wheels are available in 20-inch and 21-inch diameters. Expect the 2019 Porsche Macan to arrive here in the first half of next year.

Prior to the launch of the 2019 Macan, Porsche engineers put the facelifted model through its paces in South Africa. There the team tested all of the SUV’s new components and powertrains in demanding, high-altitude conditions.

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