We all know that Porsche will expand its portfolio of electric vehicles (EVs) beyond that of the Taycan and the Taycan Cross Turismo. As early as 2019, Porsche has confirmed that the next-generation Macan will be all-electric. That's right, the baby brother to the Cayenne will no longer have an internal combustion engine (ICE) in the foreseeable future.
But with Porsche still working on a prototype, the Stuttgart-based automaker decided to give the current Macan an update for the 2022 model year. But what did Porsche change on the sporty compact crossover?
Instead of giving the Macan a big makeover, Porsche opted for a more subtle redesign. It now gets integrated air intakes at the front, which are body-colored. The three narrow vents up front are now designed into one continuous strip – giving the Macan a more boxy appearance. Meanwhile, the rear fascia gets a black diffuser that stretches upwards for a sportier look. Other features available on the updated Macan include LED headlights and 7 new wheel options to choose from, ranging from 19-inches to 21-inches.
The interior of the 2022 Macan also gets some not-so-obvious changes. It has a redesigned center console with haptic touch elements for the onboard controls, a shorter gear selector, and a new steering wheel derived from the 911. Front and center is a 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth. It even has controls for the onboard safety features like park-assist, lane-keep assist, and driver-assist.
While the exterior and interior updates are subtle, Porsche did make some big changes under the hood. The top-of-the-line Macan GTS now makes 440 PS from its 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6, 60 PS more than the pre-facelift model. As a result, the crossover now sprints from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, and it can reach a top speed of 272 km/h when fitted with the optional Sport Chrono Package.
Next is the Macan S, which also packs the familiar 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6, albeit detuned. Still, the V6 now produces 26 PS more, giving the Macan S a total output of 380 PS. 0 – 100 km/h is easily achieved in just 4.6 seconds, and the top speed is rated at 259 km/h. Last but not least is the base model simply called 'Macan'. It uses a newly-developed 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four producing 265 PS, 20 PS more than before. The "base" Macan can now accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds with a top speed of 232 km/h.
All variants of the 2022 Macan comes with all-wheel drive and are mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Porsche has retuned the suspension of the refreshed Macan. According to the automaker, the chassis has also been optimized and now responds better to varying road conditions and driving situations. The adaptive dampers of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) have been tweaked for better ride quality.
Unique only to the top-spec GTS is the sport air suspension system, which drops the ride height by 10mm. The new system is also 10% more rigid on the front axle, and 15% firmer on the rear compared to its predecessor. Complementing the air suspension are the 21-inch GT design wheels wrapped in performance tires, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, and the Sport Chrono Package.
The 2022 Porsche Macan is slated to arrive in dealerships worldwide next year. But with the second-generation model being the last to have a combustion engine, those that plan to get one better hurry. Once the third-generation Macan debuts, it will only run on pure electric power like the Taycan.