In July 2018, Porsche unveiled a new facelift for the Macan range in Shanghai. The production started the following month and the Europeans saw it at the Paris Motor Show in September.
The sales went well for the smaller Porsche SUV and new customers started to find their ways to Porsche dealers. Since the brand started to build vehicles for more tastes, it didn't attract only supercars lovers and racing maniacs. Its main advantage was an awesome heritage in the motoring industry and a high-quality product range.
The revised Macan featured standard LED headlights and a new design for the taillights, which were LED as well. The new apron with a wide design for the grille made the car look wider than it was, enhancing the sporty look.
The interior was slightly enhanced with the introduction of an 11” touch-screen infotainment display on the center stack. It was fitted with the Porsche Communication Management, which was Apple CarPlay compatible. The biggest improvement was on the technological side, where a new traffic assist function helped the driver in traffic jams. Not only that it kept the same distance with the car in front, accelerating and braking, but it kept its lane as well.
Under the hood, the 2018 Macan featured a revised 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from Audi. It was offered in two power outputs. Both of them were paired with a 7-speed PDK (dual-clutch) automatic transmission. The most important update was the gasoline particulate filter, which reduced emissions.
The Porsche had to widen-up its range if it wanted to survive on the market. After successfully launching the Boxster/Cayman, the Panamera and the Cayenne, a new star was born: the Macan.
A big SUV might come handy when someone would travel on long distances, but as a daily driver in a crowded city that might not be a great solution. It was not only about the running costs, but it was more about parking space. Moreover, a smaller SUV would attract more buyers.
From the outside, it's look reminded of the second generation of the Cayenne, but it was shrunk. The headlights, the doors, and the raked rear end were inspired by its bigger brother.
The interior has room for five, but mostly for four people. The infotainment system can be connected only with Apple CarPlay, but not with Android Auto. The dashboard resembled some of the Porsche models, especially the Cayenne. Despite its short wheelbase, it offered enough legroom for the rear passengers. The seatback was split and folding so it could expand and offer more trunk space.
The Macan featured a 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged engine delivering 252 hp. It was carried-over from Audi and it offered enough grunt for the lightweight Porsche Suv. The car was fitted with a standard active all-wheel-drive system with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch. That AWD system was fitted on all Macan models. A seven-speed double-clutch transmission transfers power as required and almost without any interruption in power supply, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph) in 6.7 seconds. There was no manual version available for the Macan.