New 2021 Porsche Macan nearing production
Undisguised Porsche Macan has been spotted testing ahead of its launch this summer
- Tweaked exterior styling and infotainment updates
- Expected to go on sale in late 2021
- Slight price increase expected
The facelifted Porsche Macan, which is expected to be in showrooms before the end of 2021, has been spotted testing without its pre-production disguise.
The main changes include some exterior styling tweaks and an updated infotainment system. The engine range for Porsche’s best-selling SUV is expected to remain the same.
We expect a slight increase on the starting price of the current Macan, which is just over £47,000. Factor in some optional extras and all models of the new Macan are likely to cost more than £50,000.
This is the third time the Macan has been tweaked in its seven-year life; it received a fresh infotainment system, chassis update and new connected services in 2019. Porsche has already announced its plans to launch a fully-electric replacement for the Macan in 2022 but the brand’s executive board member for R&D, Dr Michael Steiner, previously confirmed that the petrol-powered car and the EV will be sold alongside one another, at least until the petrol-powered version is no longer relevant. It’s likely the Macan will continue to receive updates every two years until only the electric version remains.
2021 Porsche Macan: design
The Macan has received a new radiator grille and additional air vents, while changes at the rear include a smoother and more prominent bumper. These are all very subtle tweaks but they’re designed to keep the car competitive with similar cars in the segment, including the Jaguar F-Pace and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
Interior and technology
If the exterior updates are anything to go by, we expect few revisions to the Macan’s interior. It’s likely, however, that Porsche will refresh the upholstery and upgrade the trim on the dashboard. The 10.9-inch infotainment system, which features in the current model and already boasts a high-definition display that can rival that of BMW or Audi, is likely to remain, but we do expect it’ll receive some software upgrades.
Engine and performance
Under the bonnet, the entry-level Macan will continue to use the same 242bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine found in the Volkswagen Golf GTI, while the 349bhp 3.0-litre V6 will power the mid-range Macan S. The GTS and range-topping Turbo models will both be powered by a 2.9-litre V6 unit, generating 375bhp in the former and 434bhp in the latter. When equipped with Porsche’s optional Sport Chrono package, the Turbo model of the Macan can reach 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds.
What does it mean for car buyers?
Buyers looking for a compact SUV with sporty driving characteristics will certainly want to consider the refreshed Macan. It may be the baby brother to the brand’s larger Cayenne, but the Macan remains a good family car for those who don’t want to give up the Porsche badge and the driving enjoyment that comes with it.
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