New Porsche Macan revealed for 2019: new engines for facelifted SUV

The Porsche Macan SUV has been revamped for 2019 with new petrol V6 engines and an infotainment upgrade

The Porsche Macan has been given a series of mid-life updates – and these are the first official images of the facelifted SUV. The changes include new engines, a new infotainment system, chassis tweaks and styling touch-ups.

At the front, the design alterations are subtle. The large central air intake remains much the same, but those to each side are more vertical at their outer edges to emphasise the car’s width. The headlights are now LED-equipped as standard, and adaptive units are optional.

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The lighting changes at the back are much more obvious. The new tail-lamps, also with LED tech, follow the style of the bigger Cayenne by extending across the full width of the car. Other cosmetic tweaks include four fresh paint colours and new wheel designs, which are available in 20 and 21-inch diameters.

Inside, the updated car is available with a sportier steering wheel design that is lifted from the 911. The central air vents have been repositioned to make way for a new 11-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Known as Porsche Communication Management (PCM), the set-up introduces online navigation and intelligent voice control to the Macan.

The technology extends beyond the display, though; the Macan is offered with traffic jam assist, which enables the car to accelerate, brake and steer within lanes autonomously at speeds of up to 37mph. Should you decide to venture off the beaten track in your Macan, the Porsche Offroad Precision app allows you to record and analyse your off-road excursions on your mobile device.

Also added to the long list of tech is an ioniser to improve interior air quality.

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Chassis revisions include new springs which are lighter and stiffer than before to improve agility and body control, Porsche says. It also claims greater emphasis has been placed on refinement.

The big news in the engine line-up is that the outgoing car’s diesel motor has been dropped. This means that there’s now a three-strong petrol range: the same 252bhp 2.0-litre turbo as before, albeit with a particulate filter, a new 3.0-litre V6 with 351bhp in the Macan S, and a 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo. The latter unit is related to the motor in the Audi RS 4, and produces 434bhp here.

Porsche has yet to confirm prices, but expect the added technology to result in a slight increase over the current Macan’s £45,915 starting price.

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