In looks, the new Porsche Macan, which resembles its larger sibling Cayenne, should become a favorite variant for first time Porsche buyers. Unlike its larger sibling, the Macan draws a more compact body and stream-lined overall design, with design hints from the iconic 911 and the radical 918 Spyder.
Porsche Macan: A Compact SUV with an attitude
To the front of the compact SUV, there’s a wraparound bonnet which encapsulates the 918 Spyder-inspired headlights and extends down to the wheel arches. The imposing size of the bonnet and its precision lines give the compact SUV a broad and masculine appearance, while the seamless surface of the bonnet presents a clean front. Side blades and slim door handles further give the Macan a sort of resemblance to the Spyder and a definitive profile. At the side, the SUV’s sporty sloping roof line creates a forward profile and emphasizes the dynamic nature of the vehicle. From the rear, the design lines running to the boot area of the SUV accentuate its broad, sculpted ”wings”, as do the 3D LEDs and twin exhaust with diffuser. The rounded exhausts are fitted as standard for the S and S Diesel versions, whereas the Turbo gets square-shaped twinpipes (chrome-plated stainless steel are available as an option). Relevant highlights to the profile include window graphics and a unique D-pillar; all inherited from the 911.
On the inside, the Macan has all the hallmarks of the Cayenne albeit in a more compact cabin. The multi-function sports steering with switches, slanted center console with your customary switches, gearknob and chrome trimmings define the compact SUV pemium status. On the dashboard, there’s the center speaker, display screen, while the driver stares at a three-ring instrument cluster that shows the speedometer, rpm gauge and vehicle information. Seats and trim materials consist of premium leather and a mixture of leather and alcantara trimmings for the higher versions.
The Macan starts with 2.0-liter powerplant up to 3.6-litre V6 biturbo, with output churning 237 hp till 400 bhp. For the first time, all variants of the Macan feature the high-performance seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) as standard. The advantages of this transmission design include quick start-up performance, extremely fast gear changes without any interruption in tractive force, short reaction times, low fuel consumption and outstanding shift comfort.
In addition, Active all-wheel drive, part of the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system, comes as standard for all Macan versions. The PTM encompasses these functions: the electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch, the Automatic Brake Differential (ABD) and Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR). Sports Chrono Package is another option you won’t want to miss for the Macan.
Arnt Bayer, CEO of SDAP, expressed, “Porsche Macan is the first sports car in the compact SUV segment and it is the fifth model line-up for the Porsche brand. It combines all the typical Porsche driving characteristics with all the benefits of what a compact SUV can offer in the everyday life. I am certain that with the new Macan, we will be able to reach out to new owners who are looking into joining the Porsche family for the first time as well as to excite our long-term customers.”
All-new Porsche Macan embarks on domestic roadtours
The new Porsche Macan is slated to be on display at Penang’s Paragon Mall from 19 – 21 September and the Bangsar Shopping Center from 15 – 19 October. If you can’t make the trip, visit any Porsche dealerships nearest you to view the new Compac SUV from Porsche. The Macan retails from RM 420,000 up to RM 785,000 for the Turbo version, including Porsche’s 4 + 4 warranty; all prices are on-the-road with insurance.
Video footage of the Porsche Macan Turbo