The facelifted Porsche Macan – first revealed in July ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show in early October – has quietly found its way onto the Zuffenhausen-based brand’s South African website … complete with pricing.
On each of those occasions, Porsche detailed only the base model and its four-cylinder engine, preferring to stay mum on the other powerplants presumably in the pipeline. Predictably, that’s the case with the local range, too, with only the entry-level variant listed thus far.
The refreshed Porsche Macan is priced at R849 000 (or R50 000 more should you wish to upgrade the maintenance plan from the standard three years to five years). That makes this new entry-level variant some R273 000 less expensive than the model at the foot of the outgoing range (the V6-powered Macan S at R1 122 000).
Bear in mind, of course, that the four-pot model wasn’t ever offered in the pre-facelift line-up in South Africa.
What do we know about this turbocharged 2,0-litre engine? Well, paired with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, it produces 185 kW (from 5 000 to 6 800 r/min) and 370 N.m (between 1 600 and 4 500 r/min), which Porsche says it enough for a top speed of 227 km/h. The local Porsche website fails to list a claimed 0-100 km/h time, although the figure for other markets is 6,7 seconds.
The base Macan will ship standard on 18-inch alloys, and boast standard features such as eight-way power adjustable front seats, tyre-pressure monitoring, the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system, ten speakers, two rear-sited USB charging ports, three-zone climate control, leatherette/Alcantara upholstery, automatic LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, lane-departure warning, parking sensors (front and rear) and a powered tailgate.
The extensive options list includes items like electronic dampers (R20 910), air suspension (R47 590, including the aforementioned dampers), a sports exhaust system (R43 520), the Sport Chrono Package (R20 570), adaptive cruise control (R17 870), a Burmester surround sound system (R85 960) and as many as 13 other alloy wheel choices (priced up to R86 060 a set).
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