Porsche has unveiled the 2018 Macan in Shanghai, China, where the marque’s junior SUV brings styling and equipment updates as part of its mid-lifecycle facelift.

Starting with the exterior, the Macan sees changes applied to lighting, where the headlamps are now LED modules with a three-dimensional design, and the tail lights are also revised, now featuring a three-dimensional LED strip which, together with the tail lights, span the width of the Macan. Likewise, the front bumper has been revised to accentuate its width, and the rear bumper evolves the look of the outgoing model.

Powertrain details have yet to be forthcoming, however the range-topping Macan Turbo variant is expected to transition from the 3.6 litre turbocharged V6 powerplant to the 2.9 litre biturbo V6 which currently serves in the Panamera 4S and the Cayenne 4S. This is expected to at least match the outgoing car’s figures, having produced 440 hp and 550 Nm in the Panamera.

Rolling stock is comprised of 20-inch or 21-inch alloy wheels in various designs, with mixed-size tyres, or staggered widths. This enables the driver to take full advantage of the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive setup, and the chassis has been fine-tuned to exhibit enhanced neutrality while maintaining stability and improving comfort, Porsche says.

Inside, the revised Porsche Macan receives Porsche Communication Management, which sees the centre console touchscreen display grow from seven to 11 inches across. Its user interface can be customised into predefined tiles as on the Panamera and the Cayenne, and the centre pair of air-conditioning vents have also been redesigned as well as repositioned beneath the central touchscreen.

Active safety on the updated Porsche Macan now includes Traffic Jam Assist, which functions in traffic congestion at speeds of up to 60 km/h, and will work alongside the existing suite of driver aids.

Each new Macan is outfitted with a Connect Plus module, which makes every vehicle fully networked as standard, says Porsche. What this means is that various digital functions such as intelligent voice control and real-time traffic information – which is part of the standard online navigation system – is supported, where the “Here Cloud” connection offers swarm-based traffic data. The Offroad Precision App enables data on off-road excursions in the Macan to be recorded.

New colours added to the Macan palette include Miami Blue, Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic and Crayon. More details on the facelifted Porsche Macan will be released soon, but in the meantime, dear readers, do you like what you see here so far?