The much-teased Porsche Macan has at last made its public debut, with the covers coming off the updated version of brand’s best-selling model at an event in Shanghai.
An exterior makeover, a technology overhaul and a new suite of assistance systems headline the changes for the Macan II, which will land in Australia in the first half of 2019.
As you can likely see, Porsche hasn’t completely reimagined its popular SUV, but subtle changes abound. Outside, three strips of LED lighting now stretch across the rear end, while at the front, new LED headlights bookend a reshaped grille designed to look wider. You can now opt to have your Macan painted Miami Blue, Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic or Crayon, while there are new designs for the 20- or 21-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the makeover focuses largely on technology, with a new 11-inch touchscreen (up from seven inches) controlling your infotainment options. Internationally, the screen pairs with a Connect Plus networking function, unlocking real-time traffic information for the navigation system. Elswhere, the changes are more blink-and-miss, with Porsche moving some buttons around unlocking the steering wheel from the 911 as an option.
Under the skin, Porsche says the focus has been on making its SUV as sporty as possible, including new a chassis tune intended to improve dynamics, while for the slow-speed stuff, a new Traffic Jam Assist function works in collaboration with adaptive cruise control to take over braking, accelerating and steering. at speeds of up to 60km/h.
We’re still waiting for new engine detail, which will be released at a later date, so watch this space. But expect to see the Porsche Macan in Australia early next year.