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Wallet-friendly Porsche gets a facelift, this is the new Macan

Although it may not look like it, the new Macan gets several significant changes. Trust us

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Christopher Ng

9 Jul 2019


Starting from a mere RM455,000, this Porsche Macan won't be breaking banks. And when you consider that, for this price, this SUV comes with a four-year warranty and free maintenance package that includes parts and labour, the deal isn't bad at all. When you run the numbers through Porsche's 360 Financing, the Macan will only cost you from RM5,700 a month. Yeah, affordable, for the right person.

Having that said, local Porsche distributor, Sime Darby Auto Performance, isn't just letting you go home with any vanilla Macan. Ours will come with the Macan Premium Package with no additional cost. In the package, you'll get 14-way power seats with memory function for driver and passenger, comfort lighting package, Power Steering Plus, Park Assist including reverse camera, automatic dimming mirrors and BOSE Surround Sound System.


Underneath all cherry and icing, you'll find a very capable Sports Utility Vehicle that drives as well on-road as it is off it. At its core lies a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4 that produces 252hp and 370Nm. With a seven-speed PDK, the Macan moves to 100kph from zero in 6.7 seconds and up to a max speed of 225kph.

Mixed-sized tyres ensure power goes to the right places efficiently. Although it is sports cars that usually wears mixed-sized tyres, Porsche claims that having it on the Macan lets the SUV take full advantage of the Porsche Traction Management, the company's four-wheel-drive system. The newly developed tyres also improve the Macan lateral dynamic performance. At default, the Macan comes with 18-inch tyres or the optional 21-inch.


Mechanicals aside, the Macan's exterior also gets a refreshing splash. At the frontend, the Macan has been redesigned to make it look wider, and the headlights come standard with LEDs. One could upgrade to the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PLDS Plus) that adapts itself to the lighting situation. 


True to Porsche's character, however, the rear gets the most attention. A three-dimensional LED light panel now runs across the backside that joins with the rear lights, making it look like it is one whole piece. The brake lights also have been redesigned; it now embraces the four-point design of the family. 

There isn't much change on the inside apart from the Porsche Communication Management that sports a 10.9-inch full-HD touchscreen. Naturally, it has all the connectivity options that one would require. 


However, it is possible to take the interior up a notch. You can swap out the standard steering wheel for the optional GT sports steering inspired by the same in the 911. The sport chrono package is also available, and it comes with the sport response button on the steering wheel. For convenience, you can have your Macan with heated windshield and an air ioniser to keep this bright and fresh.

The new Macan adds four new exterior colour, which is the Dolomite Silver Metallic, Miami Blue, Crayon and Mamba Green Metallic, which is what you see in the pictures.

SDAP did mention that the new Macan is in high demand, so if interest converts to confirmed bookings, then be prepared to wait a while before you can have one on your driveway.



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