Porsche has released images of its facelifted Macan undergoing "extensive" testing in South Africa and Lesotho, with a full reveal of the updated model expected shortly.

The Stuttgart-based brand says “all new components” used in its updated Macan have undergone “extensive load tests over the last few months”. According to Porsche, the Macan has been “significantly enhanced in terms of its design, comfort, connectivity and driving dynamics”.

In South Africa, the automaker says its facelifted Macan tackled “particularly rough asphalt, dusty gravel roads and hostile mountain passages”, before revealing that it would make its market launch in China at the end of July.

Porsche Macan facelift

In addition to the testing in South Africa, the lightly camouflaged prototypes were taken to a height of 3 400 metres above sea level in Lesotho, where Porsche says they “impressively demonstrated” their off-road capabilities.

Since the Macan’s launch in 2014, Porsche has delivered more than 350 000 examples worldwide. In the first half of 2018, the compact crossover was easily the brand’s most popular model, accounting for around 46 600 of the total 130 598 sales.