2016 Porsche Macan launch

The 2016 Porsche Macan officially makes its Malaysian debut today, bringing with it an updated equipment list, a more powerful engine, as well as enhancements to its visual presence.

First up, the base model Macan’s 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine gains a 15 hp bump in power to now produce 252 hp at 5,000 to 6,800 rpm. Peak torque is increased by 20 Nm to 370 Nm, available at 1,600 to 4,500 rpm.

Performance-wise, the Macan 2.0 will make the century sprint in 6.7 seconds, an improvement of 0.2 seconds. Tag on the optional Sport Chrono Package and an additional 0.2 seconds is slashed from that time. Top speed here is 229 km/h. The mill is paired to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, with drive sent to all four corners.

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Only the base Macan 2.0 gets the power bump, while other variants retain their respective outputs. However, the equipment list has been uprated across the range.

New full-LED headlamps that are now available as an option, identified by the four-point LED spotlights within. Additionally, the lighting units also come with the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus).

Said system features dynamic and static cornering light function and speed-sensitive headlight range control as standard, with a separate mode for adverse weather. Furthermore, PDLS Plus also includes a camera-based dynamic beam control and the Intersection Assistant to light up the area the Macan is turning into.

Inside, the 2016 Macan receives the new Porsche Communication Management infotainment system that was first introduced in the 991 facelift. Displayed on a new seven-inch touchscreen positioned in the centre stack, the system has a smartphone-like user interface with a proximity sensor, multi-touch gesture selection, WiFi hotspot and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The new navigation system here is available in 3D for the first time, and can be controlled via voice commands. It can also deliver real-time traffic info and Google services. Also part of the cabin upgrades is the new Connect module, which contains an integrated smartphone compartment in the centre armrest for charging and optimised signal reception.

For now, no prices have been revealed for the new Macan. According to Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), a full price list for all variants will be revealed later, but it is expected to remain the same as before. The base Macan 2.0 is currently priced at RM435,000, the Macan S at RM590,000, Macan S Diesel at RM560,000 and Macan Turbo at RM820,000.