For years Porsche has been dominating the sporty crossover SUV market with the Macan, but now it has serious competitors like the BMW X3/X4, the Audi Q5 or the Mercedes-Benz GLC. That’s why the 2019 Porsche Macan has been refreshed a little, with new engine options, upgraded electronics and many interesting styling tweaks meant to eclipse any other crossover SUV.
Under the hood, there’s a brand new generation of V6 engines, developed together with Audi. The Macan S comes with 3.0-liter turbo that puts out 354 hp, while the Macan Turbo will get a 2.9-liter bi-turbo engine that has been rated at 440 ponies.
Diesels should follow in the near future, with the Macan S D hiding a 3.0-liter V6 engine under the bonnet, with around 300 horsepower, and the popular base model featuring a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine, with 245 horsepower. All models will come with the same 7-speed “wet” dual-clutch automatic.
Porsche has also announced plans for a Macan GTS in the near future, with 380 horsepower, and a Macan Turbo Performance Package might be also in development, with an incredible power output of around 500 hp. There’s no plug-in hybrid in the works, but the chassis has been slightly tweaked, and new 18 to 21″ alloy wheels are also now on offer.
The exterior looks a bit more dramatic, with new LED headlights up front and a wide, three segment tail light that stretches across the entire rear end to make this baby SUV even more appealing. The Turbo model will get sportier bumpers and a few other upgrades that will make it stand out of the pack.
On the inside, the 2019 Porsche Macan shows off a fresh infotainment system, an enhanced cruise control that now offers enhanced stop-and-go assistance and a bigger, 11-inch touchscreen. If you want something even more exquisite, the Sport Chrono package is always an option, adding the red “Sport Response Button”, a fat stopwatch, or the optional GT steering wheel that gets you in a racing mood.
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