Back in July 2018, Porsche took the wraps off its facelifted Macan. That version of the Stuttgart-based brand’s smallest crossover, however, was for the Chinese market. Now the European-spec Macan has debuted at the Paris Motor Show, complete with a fresh version of the brand's turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine.
Porsche says the entry-level four-pot features “improved combustion chamber geometry” as well as a petrol particulate filter (as required under the new WLTP regulations).
The turbopetrol is now worth 185 kW and 370 N.m, which Porsche says it enough for a 6,7-second sprint to 100 km/h when paired with the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Top speed, meanwhile, comes in at 225 km/h.
As a reminder, the update brings various styling and technology tweaks, such as the inclusion of a three-dimensional LED light panel at the rear and the new infotainment system with 10,9-inch touchscreen, along with redesigned and repositioned air vents and the optional GT sports steering wheel familiar from the 911.
Porsche says the overhauled chassis “increases comfort and makes the Macan even more enjoyable to drive”. Wheel diameters range from 18 inches as standard to an optional 21 inches, with mixed-size tyres.
Porsche has yet to detail further engine options for the refreshed Macan, nor whether this four-cylinder mill will make it to South Africa (its predecessor, of course, didn't).
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