Porsche updates the Macan

Porsche's best-selling Macan gets more horses and an updated user interface.

porsche_macan_my16_1It’s been said numerous times but it bears repeating, Porsche isn’t a small volume manufacturer focussed on sports cars anymore. It’s already a mass-producer of luxury vehicles and in 2015, it shifted 225,121 units around the world.

That’s a lot of cars and the best-seller was none other than the Macan, with 80,000 finding buyers in its first full-year of sales. The Cayenne was next with 73,119 units, meaning nearly 70 per cent of all Porsches sold last year were crossovers and SUVs.

It’s a scenario repeated in Malaysia as nearly 50 per cent of sales last year by Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) was accounted for by the Macan. It’s still a bit early for big updates and Porsche could have left its compact SUV as is, but the Germans have instead chosen to give the MY2016 (MY being Model Year) Macan a few minor improvements.

porsche_macan_my16_4porsche_macan_my16_2The one you and I will be most interested in is the increase in power. The 2.0-litre turbocharged motor receives a 15hp bump and now has 252hp from 5000-6800rpm. With 370Nm from 1600-4500rpm the entry-level Macan now sprints from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds, which is reduced to 6.5 seconds when equipped with the optional Sports Chrono-Package. It’s worth noting however the engine isn’t the new turbocharged boxer-four motor that debuted in the 718 Boxster, but perhaps that will come in a bigger future upgrade. The transmission of choice remains the 7-speed dual-clutch PDK.

Externally, the only difference is the availability of Porsche’s Dynamic Lighting System (PDLS) which uses four-point LED lights, and in true Porsche fashion, this item is optional (base spec being a bi-Xenons). It’s an upgrade worth considering as it does bring the look of the base Macan in line with the other more expensive models in the range.

porsche_macan_my16_3porsche_macan_my16_7The interior too has been left unchanged but there’s now a bigger ‘borderless’ seven-inch touchscreen to access Porsche’s new Communication Management System (PCM). The redesigned user interface is more intuitive and Porsche says it’s also more smartphone-like. You can equip the PCM with Apple’s CarPlay, but of course, that’s optional as well and will cost extra.

As at the time of writing, SDAP had yet to obtain a final price for the MY16 Porsche Macan but sources within the company have confirmed the intention is to sell the car at the same price as before. Therefore, expect a nett selling price of RM435,000 before insurance and options.