2018 Porsche Macan facelift – revised look, equipment

2018 Porsche Macan facelift – revised look, equipment

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.

2018 Porsche Macan facelift – revised look, equipment

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?

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • John May 9 Nangis on Jul 26, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Looks good but in Malaysia, it is pretty over priced. Prices from 550k to RM1 mil. At the end of the day, it still uses a VW engine and VW parts.

    Might as well get a RM150k Tiguan, virtually the same car

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    • seancorr (Member) on Jul 26, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      Even the second hand units are overpriced. Year after year I waited for it to drop but it dropped so little for a 2015 base Macan that I’m better off with the base 3.0 diesel Cayenne which isn’t too shabby after I change the stock rims.

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    • 12yrsold john on Jul 27, 2018 at 10:13 am

      U may be right there but U can’t get a more powerful engine for the Tiguan. The truth is the Tiguan may be good enuff for most but the ride on the Macan is an entirely different beef if U get the drift.
      Once U drive a Porsche, U can’t downgrade to a VW otherwise Porsche will have close shop by now. Just saying ya bro.

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  • digidigi on Jul 26, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    well take cayenne as example, this facelift kosong base 2.0 VW engine will cost 500k in malaysia, with some proper add on to make it a ‘standard’ car, it will cost around 650k this time for the facelift VW engine 2.0 macan…

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  • Malibu blue only works on a c2s

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  • to each their own
    But i think the q3 looks better,

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    • All are from VW stables sharing parts together . Only VW is worth buying . The rest like Q3 and Macan are just trash from VW. Package to entice less intelligent buyers.

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      • wolfsburg on Jul 27, 2018 at 2:40 pm

        All are from VW stables. Only Skoda Kodiaq & Karoq worth buying .

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Jul 27, 2018 at 9:20 am

    i want to see an interior in normal specs….then u will get a lot of empty buttons…

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  • Meshuggah on Jul 27, 2018 at 11:04 am

    another ‘marketing’ car …. derived not out of the need for performance nor design… but just to compete in a segment to cash in / just for the sake of being there
    Looks are boring and it’s an overpriced VW basically…
    I’m surprised this model is still being continued…

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