Anton Andres / Porsche | July 26, 2018 08:48
Porsche gives the Macan mid-cycle refresh; gets subtle exterior changes and new tech
Porsche has officially revealed the refreshed 2019 Macan, but can you spot the differences?
While it's a little difficult to spot the changes from the current models from the outside, Porsche says they've given their smallest crossover significant tech updates.
Finding the changes to the Macan proves a challenge but eagle-eyed viewers will spot new headlights which are now powered by LEDs. Also, the air intakes have been given a mild tweak which, Porsche says, gives the crossover a wider look.
It's at the rear where the updates are more obvious. The tail lights have been given a new, sleeker look. Along with that, a three-part, three-dimensional LED light strip has been added. This puts it in line with newer Porsche models such as the all-new Cayenne and Panamera. New paint options are now available, namely Miami Blue which is seen in the 718 Cayman and Boxster, and 911. New wheel options wrap up the changes on the outside.
Inside, the center stack gets revamped in order to accommodate a larger, wider infotainment screen. Its software is similar to its big brother, the Cayenne. New interior trim options are available, namely a GT wheel which is wrapped in Alcantara. Aside from that, the cabin is largely carried over from the current model.
As for tech, the Macan is now available with Traffic Jam Assist which includes adaptive cruise control for speeds up to 60 km/h. It features partially automated acceleration and braking along with assisted steering in traffic jams or in slow-moving traffic. Porsche has made the Connect Plus module standard in all variants. The module underpins various digital functions and services such as intelligent voice control and the real-time traffic information. Plus, there's the new Offroad Precision App, and it records and analyzes off-road driving experiences in the Macan.
For now, there's no word on the engines just yet. However, it is possible that some of it will be carried over from the current model. The range starts with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo mill, all the way to a twin-turbo V6 packing 440 PS and 600 Nm of torque. Porsche discontinued the Macan diesel and it's unlikely it will make a comeback for 2019, leaving the crossover with a purely gas-fed powertrain lineup.