If the Cayenne was the vehicle that arguably saved Porsche from an uncertain financial future, the Macan is the SUV that has outdone even its in-demand big brother, rocketing the Zuffenhausen marque to profitability levels that would make any beancounter gloat with satisfaction. The Macan notched up 97,000 sales last year, more than a third of the brand’s tally of 246,000 global sales in 2017.
And this was for the pre-runout Macan, as Porsche has just revealed an updated 2019 model that will carry the current generation through to the end of its lifecycle. You don’t need a microscope to pick up on the visual changes, although Porsche hasn’t gone overboard with the revamp either. Ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
The most prominent exterior styling tweak is the three-dimensional LED strip that connects the taillights. Also on the menu are headlights featuring LED technology. The three-dimensional lamps can be further optioned with the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS) that not only swivel the beam towards the inside of a bend, they also feature speed-sensitive headlight range control and an adverse weather function whereby the low beam’s spread becomes wider at speeds of up to 60kph in foggy conditions.
Inside, there’s an 11.0in touchscreen (up from the current model’s seven inches) with the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. There are also re-designed and re-positioned air vents and the GT sports steering wheel familiar from the current 911. The PCM enables access to new digital functions, such as intelligent voice control and the stress-busting ‘traffic jam assist’ (with partially automated braking and acceleration).
There are no dramatic mechanical changes, although Porsche has carried out subtle tuning of the Macan’s chassis to deliver, in their words, “enhanced neutrality while maintaining stability and improving comfort”. The MY19 Macan also comes with new rims in sizes up to 21 inches.