Porsche’s compact SUV now features a modified turbocharged petrol engine and new design elements
Showcased during the Paris Motorshow, the new Macan now comes with an efficient 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with improved combustion chamber geometry and gasoline particulate filter. It delivers a performance of 252 hp (185 kW) and has a maximum torque of 370 Nm. In combination with its seven-gear PDK dual-clutch gearbox, the compact SUV can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 225 km/h. Its consumption rate is 8.1 l/100 km according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The most prominent new features in terms of design, comfort, connectivity and driving dynamics include the three-dimensional LED light panel at the rear and the new fully interconnected Porsche communication management system with 10.9-inch touchscreen inside the vehicle.
Newly tuned chassis for enhanced balance
The vehicle dynamics of the Macan remain its principle feature. The overhauled chassis increases comfort and makes Porsche’s compact SUV even more enjoyable to drive. As is typical for a sports car, it comes with mixed-size tyres, enabling the driver to take full advantage of the intelligent all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system and adopt a dynamic driving style. Newly developed tyres with improved performance characteristics allow for even better lateral dynamics. The wheel diameters range from 18 inches as standard to an optional 21 inches.
A more streamlined design with full LED lights and new colours
In keeping with Porsche’s design DNA, the new Macan features a three-dimensional LED light panel on the rear of the vehicle. The brake lights with their four-point design provide further reinforcement of the brand’s identity. LED technology is incorporated as standard into the newly designed main headlights, while the optional Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) can be used to control light distribution. The Macan’s front end has been redesigned and now appears wider. New exterior colours available for the model include, Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic, Miami Blue and Crayon.
The Macan offers a range of digital features operated via the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. The full-HD touchscreen is now 10.9 inches in width (previously 7.2 inches). Similar to the Panamera and Cayenne, the user interface can be adapted to suit personal requirements via predefined tiles. The new system features navigation, mobile phone preparation, two audio interfaces and intelligent voice control.
New options: GT sports steering wheel and air ioniser
An expanded range of options with enhanced assistance systems is available to Macan customers. The optional GT sports steering wheel echoes the style of the Porsche 911. A mode switch integrated into the steering wheel – including sport response button – is part of the optional Sport Chrono package. Porsche has extended the list of options designed to enhance convenience, which now includes an air ioniser that together with the fine particulate air filter, improves air quality inside the vehicle.
Built at the Porsche factory in Leipzig, Germany, the range of now standard features include LED main headlights, the new PCM with navigation and Connect Plus, and an anti-theft alarm system with interior surveillance. The new Macan is now available to order. For more information, contact the Porsche Centre Doha at Medina Centrale on The Pearl-Qatar. Call 4459 9666 or visit the Porsche Centre Doha website
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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