Porsche Macan is a representative of the mid-size premium crossover class, which debuted on the world stage for the first time at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. If you wonder what Macan means, this is the Indonesian word for “Tiger.” As representatives of the company explained, “The car needed a name which fits with the brand sounds good in many languages and evokes positive associations.” The Porsche Macan shares its platform and wheelbase with first generation Audi Q5 but most important and major elements are unique for the Macan – engine, transfer case, suspension tuning, interior and exterior body. It is a little bigger than Q5 as well. The Macan is produced in Leipzig, Germany in the factory where Panamera and Cayenne are manufactured. It is more compact and sportier than Cayenne, which is classified as a midsize crossover SUV. While the Cayenne has an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission for smoother shifts, the Macan has a more responsive standard 7-speed dual clutch PDK gearbox.
In 2015, the model was updated and Macan GTS filled the gap between the Macan S and Macan Turbo. From the moment of its debut, the world has fallen with love with the Macan. In 2018 the Macan was improved and Porsche officially announced that they will not sell diesel engines worldwide as a response to the Dieselgate scandal. From 2014 to the beginning of 2018 Porsche sold over 350 thousand Macan crossovers and 100 thousand of them were sold in the Chinese market. This is the main reason why the company chose to reveal Porsche Macan 2019 in Shanghai, where its official presentation was held as part of a special event on July 25, 2018. As per official announcements, the next generation Macan crossover shall be all electric and will be the second electric model of the company. The debut is expected in 2021.
At the moment, Porsche Macan is offered in several modifications – Porsche Macan, Macan S, Macan GTS, Macan Turbo, Macan Turbo with Performance Package. Let’s have a close and detailed look at the design, technical specifications and pricing of each modification.
The new Porsche Macan 2019 exterior updates
Many people lovingly describe the Macan as a SUV that wants to be a sports car or the little sister of the Cayenne and they are actually right. The combination of power, elegance, gorgeous exterior and high-end quality interior, make the Macan is really unique and a class all to itself. Unlike many other family style SUVs, this one has a sporty character which is hardly a surprise, having in mind the long history of the company and its immense experience in manufacturing performance cars.
Despite the restyling Porsche Macau 2019 retained the exterior style of its predecessor and all the improvements are rather evolutionary than revolutionary. The car received new headlights peering through a re-profiled bonnet, new taillight strip, tweaked door mirrors, new four-point brake lights, and a sloping roof line which enhances the sports car appearance. Further exterior changes include updated front bumper with several air intakes with built-in fog lights located on both edges of the radiator grille, new aerodynamic elements, new rear bumpers supplemented by an aerodynamic diffuser and a pair of exhaust system pipes. The profile has not changed much and kept the circular wheel arches, a dome-shaped roof, as well as stylish and practical protective plates located at the bottom of the side doors. One of the most noticeable exterior changes are the updated side lights connected by a full-width rear light bar with chrome-plated “Porsche” lettering in the center and it continues the German fashion trend line of the new 911, Panamera and Cayenne.
The external dimensions of the new Macan 2019 have not changed:
Length – 4,696 mm
Width – 1,923 mm
Height – 1,624 mm
Wheelbase – 2,807 mm
Clearance – 190 mm
Clearance can vary in the range of 190-340 mm depending on steel or air suspension and off-road ride height. It is also worth highlighting the low drag coefficient, which is only 0.35 cW, which is a very good indicator for a car of this class.
Potential buyers will be able to choose one of eight standard body colors and three special colors or choose their own unique color. In addition, there is a choice between fourteen variations of the design of light-alloy wheels, which opens up inspiring opportunities for personalizing the exterior of the car.
2019 Porsche Macan interior, infotainment, safety and cargo capacity
2019 Porsche Macan interior received more changes than its exterior. The two rows can seat five people. Having in mind that this is a relatively small SUV, the cabin is roomy thanks to the low dashboard and ample-size windows. However, it is clear that the focus is on the front seats. They are roomy, first-class anatomical seats with perfect lateral and lumbar support, lots of adjustments and all sorts of benefits of modern civilization. A wide armrest is positioned between the front seats, and closer to the front panel is the inclined surface, traditional for Porsche models, with a large number of mechanical buttons and switches, as well as a gearshift selector and an electronic parking brake button. As far as rear seats are concerned, legroom is quite tight which does not contribute for a comfortable ride of three adults. The rear seats are split 40/20/40.
Standard interior is offered with Alcantara Seats or partial leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable front seats come standard. Seating upgrades include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, 14-way power-adjustable front seats or 18-way power-adjustable sport seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Macan Turbo modification is offered with premium seats and a self-adjusting multimode suspension. The Macan has two complete sets of LATCH connections for securing child car seats.
The new Macan 2019 comes with a e standard Porsche Communication Management infotainment system which includes a 10.9-inch touch screen display with full-HD resolution, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a navigation system, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo, Two USB charge ports in the rear center console, Bluetooth, tri-zone automatic climate control with optional ionizer, which is a new addition. The Premium package includes Apple CarPlay, a 14-speaker BOSE® Surround Sound System and 16-speaker Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System. Apple CarPlay was standard on earlier models but becomes an option for 2019.
Macan 2019 driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and a rearview camera that come as a standard. A surround-view parking camera, lane keep assist, lane change assist, and traffic jam assist with adaptive cruise control are optional.
Standard safety features three-point automatic seat belts, belt reminder warning for all seats, seat belt pretensioners (driver and front passenger, outer rear seats) and force limiters, manually adjustable seat belt height, full-size airbags for driver and front passenger, front side airbags integrated into seat, rollover detection for activation of curtain airbags and seat belt pretensioners, etc.
Porsche Macau 2019 cargo capacity is small, even for a compact SUV. Luggage compartment capacity is approximately 500 liters (18 cubic feet) with the rear seats up and maximum load capacity with rear seats in cargo position is approximately 1,500 liters (53 cubic feet). Small storage is provided by door pockets, a glove compartment, storage bin in center console, uncovered storage compartment in center console and a small center armrest bin. Automatic tailgate comes standard.
Generally, in comparison with its competitors, the Macan is not really spacious inside and does not have a large cargo capacity.
2019 Porsche Macan engine options, performance and warranty
2019 Porsche Macan modifications come with different types of engines. As we mentioned, there’s no longer a Macan Diesel. The basic Macan modification has a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, 245 hp, Max. torque – 370 Nm. The engine is paired with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive with electronic controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch, automatic limited-slip differential (ABD) and traction-slip control (ASR). Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h is in 6,7 s (Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h with Sport Chrono Package – 6,5 seconds) and maximum speed is 225 km/h.
Macan S comes with a 3.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, 354 hp and max. torque – 480 Nm. The transmission is automatic 7-speed PorscheDoppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) with gearshift controls on steering wheel and automatic mode. Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h is in 5,37 s (Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h with Sport Chrono Package – 5,1 seconds) and maximum speed is 254 km/h.
Macan GTS, Macan turbo and Turbo with Performance package also come with powerful engines, 7-speed PorscheDoppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) with gearshift controls on steering wheel and automatic mode, acceleration from 0-100 km/h is, respectively, 5.2 s, 4.8 s and 4.4 s. Top speed goes up to 272 km/h.
Macan modifications have 2 years without mileage limit warranty period, except for the Turbo with Performance Package modification which comes with three years warranty. Main service interval for all modifications is every 60,000 km and rust warranty is 12 years.
2019 Porsche Macan pricing
Prices start at USD 56,000. This is the price that gives you a a turbo-four engine, a 10.9-inch infotainment display, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a navigation system, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo, four USB ports, Bluetooth, partial leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane departure warning, automatic headlights, and alloy wheels. The options for customization are quite many and for an additional cost of about USD 3,100 you can have Apple CarPlay, a 14-speaker Bose stereo, heated front seats, and automatic high beams. a panoramic sunroof, 14-way power-adjustable and ventilated front seats, proximity keyless entry, and push-button star will add another USD 6,500. A 16-speaker Burmester surround-sound system comes at USD 5,700, 18-way power-adjustable front sport seats cost USD 2,080, and a heated steering wheel – USD280. Safety features can be upgraded as well. You can opt for adaptive cruise control which will cost about USD 1,100 and a surround-view parking camera for USD 1,200. Those who want a lane keep assist and lane change assist will have pay additional USD 700 for each.
2019 Porsche Macan vs competition
When comparing 2019 Porsche Macau with its competitors, we have to pay attention to Audi Q5. Audi Q5 is a compact SUV and offers more cargo space than the Porsche. Without any doubt, Porsche has a sportier and more athletic appearance but Audi offers a great balance of comfort and sporty feel and look. In addition, the starting price of Audi Q5 is lower. Of course, when choosing your luxury SUV, personal taste and preferences, as well as budget are important, so it will be your own decision. In conclusion we can say that Porsche Macan is a modern, dynamic and well-equipped premium crossover with good cross-country ability, high level of economy and excellent handling, which Porsche cars are famous for.