When it made its debut back in 2014, the Macan promised to be the sportiest baby SUV available, and it was. But, that was over four years ago and there are some pretty decent models such as the Range Rover Velar and BMW X5 to rival the Porsche. So, it’s time for a refresh to keep it at the top of the game and our snapper spotted the newbie with hardly any camouflage on the body.

The smaller-than-the-Cayenne German family hauler gets a slightly altered front bumper (it now only has a single strake in the corner intakes) and it appears to feature a new apron which gives the front end a much wider look. The LED indicators have been slimmed down while the headlights retain their overall shape but the LED inner graphics are fresh. Around the back, the strip connecting the two taillights has been camouflaged on the prototype while the light clusters look a lot bigger. Further down, it has square exhaust outlets (like those on the Macan Turbo) while the diffuser appears slightly smaller than before. It will ride on a new range of wheels of course and the interior should pack the touch-sensitive controls that the second-generation Panamera and third-gen Cayenne have. It will also feature a pair of 7.0in displays and a 12.3in touchscreen infotainment system.

As for the drivetrain, the turbocharged 3.0-litre and 3.6-litre V6 engines are going to be dropped for more potent and more efficient 2.9-litre and 3.0-litre V6 units but we wonder what will be under the bonnet of the range topper; the outgoing Macan Turbo has 440 horses but rivals such as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and Jaguar F-Pace SVR have way more with 510 and 550 horses respectively so the new Turbo should have a lot more muscle than before.

It looks like it’s ready to go but the 2019 Macan will likely make its public debut at the Frankfurt Paris Motor Show in September.


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