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2019 Porsche Macan undergoes high-altitude testing, launches in China this month

The Porsche Macan has been with us since 2014 and is about to receive a whole list of updates. The 2019 model receives some exterior design changes, improved interior comfort, connectivity, as well as improved vehicle dynamics and upgraded engines.

Porsche recently shipped a handful of Macans to South Africa as part of the development for the upcoming model update. Here they could put the various new vehicle components under extreme loads in a variety of conditions, including rough mountain roads and dusty rural passageways.

During testing, coordinator Ralf Bosch and his team piloted the heavily-camouflaged prototypes to 3400 metres above sea level in Lesotho – around 1200km north-east of Cape Town.

Porsche says that they positioned the Macan as the sports car of its segment, and that they want to stick to it. The company also says they have upgraded the power for the engines, and have a new generation of engines on offer which will aid acceleration.

In Australia the 2018 Porsche Macan is priced from $79,710 excluding on-road costs. The base model Porsche Macan comes with a 185kW and 370Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, while at the other end of the lineup sits the Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package which offers a stonking 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 that punches out 324kW and 600Nm.

Porsche clocked up 2478 sales of the Macan in Australia in 2017, which is more than double those of the Cayenne. Since the Macan launched in 2014, the medium-sized SUV has gone on to record an impressive 350,000 sales worldwide.

Despite being a top seller for Porsche, the new Macan will have its work cut out if it’s to impress among the ever-growing list of luxury SUVs in its size segment, which includes the likes of the BMW X4, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Audi Q5, and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The 2019 Porsche Macan is set to launch in China in July, with the rest of the world to follow soon after that. Stay tuned for more details.

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Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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