The refreshed Porsche Macan will receive some minor cosmetic changes like LED lights, redesigned bumpers and some technological updates. The interior has been updated to make it look and feel more new-age
We drove the facelifted Macan earlier this year, and now Porsche is readying it for its India launch on 29th July. So, what’s new in the facelifted Porsche Macan?
First showcased in Shanghai last year, the refreshed Macan gets a nip and tuck job to keep things fresh. While the front grille and the headlights remain unchanged from the outgoing model, the air intakes are marginally larger than before. While in the Chinese market LED headlamps are offered as standard equipment, it remains to be seen if Porsche makes it standard here. Along the sides, the Macan gets a new set of alloy wheels – offered in 20-inch and 21-inch options. The difference from the predecessor is a lot more prominent along the back. The tail now has an LED light that connects the two taillamps and runs along the width of the boot lid. This feature is gradually becoming the norm for all Porsche cars – subsequent to the Cayenne, Panamera and now the Macan. Under the skin, Porsche also claims that the chassis of the Macan has been optimized further too.
Updates on the inside are relatively more significant. The SUV now gets a new 11-inch touchscreen Porsche Communications Management system (PCM) in place of the old car’s 8.0-inch system. Interestingly, the steering wheel is a direct lift from the 911 and has buttons for the drive mode selector.
Porsche is expected to bring in the Macan with two engine options – a 2.0-litre base trim and a 3.0-litre V6 in the Macan S. The former is a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol motor that develops 248bhp and 370Nm. The Macan S, on the other hand, is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol motor that develops 349bhp and 480Nm. All of this power takes the Macan S from standstill to 100km/h in just 5.3 seconds.
Of course, there is no official communication on the price as yet, but we expect the standard Macan to be priced around the Rs 70-72 lakh mark. The higher-speed Macan S is likely to be priced in the Rs 85-90 lakh range. The Macan facelift will be the second launch for the company in the year. Porsche is also expected to bring in the Cayenne Coupe in India around Diwali.