The Macan is smaller of two Porsche’s SUVs. It is relatively new in the brand’s lineup as it debuted for the 2015 model year. It looks like diminished Cayenne with more aggressive design approach and with smaller proportions, its appearance is much sportier. Behind the wheel, you will feel like in the sports car as its all engine options provide quick acceleration while sharp handling keeps it firmly on the ground. Interior quality is also impressive as well as the list of available features. The next version of this model comes as the 2018 Porsche Macan and for this model year the brand is going to offer the new-generation Cayenne.
What should be new?
Porsche has already done a serious work on the 2017 Macan. This model added two new trims including the base one with the new engine and performance oriented GTS model. More standard equipment is now available including some advanced safety features. There is also upgraded infotainment system. With all that on the mind and the fact that the new Audi Q5, on which this model is loosely based, will arrive for the next model we shouldn’t expect the facelift or some serious changes before the 2019 model year. For the next model year, however, it might expand the list of standard features and add new color options.
2018 Porsche Macan: Styling
Expect the new 2018 Porsche Macan to continue to the new model year visually unchanged. This model is relatively new and Porsche is also very careful when changing its model’s design. It doesn’t risk much and we witnessed that its new models don’t go far from brand’s well-known styling.
Interior of the Macan won’t also stray far from the current version. There will be minor if any changes.
All Macan models will feature impressive cabin design and build quality. Used materials are upscale and the same is with available features. Comfortable seats are also the part of model’s accessories and two upgraded designs with additional adjustments will also be available.
The model will also offer intuitive and responsive PCM infotainment system with all modern connectivity and entertainment features but will also keep many buttons on the center console.
Expect also that Macan will come in the same trim options which include the base, S, GTS and Turbo.
Automatic headlights, LED DRLs, fog lights, heated mirrors, automatic wipers will be available on the base trim. But features like three-zone climate control, partial leather upholstery, power adjustable seats, 7-inch center screen interface, 10 speakers, smartphone compatibility will also in the standard equipment.
The higher trims will add many luxuries, sport-tuned air suspension, larger wheels, more safety features, etc.
All Macans will include a rearview camera, parking sensors, lane departure warning and available will also be forward collision warning and mitigation, lane keep assist, blind-zone system, etc.
2018 Porsche Macan: Engines, Performance
On the performance front, all 2018 Porsche Macan models will come with the PDK 7-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. All engines will also include turbocharges and automatic stop/start feature.
The base engine will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It will produce 252 hp and torque of 273 pound-feet. The fuel economy will be around 22 mpg on the combined basis.
If you want more power and quicker acceleration, the Macan S will get a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine. It should produce similar power and torque as the current version, 340 hp and torque of 369 lb-ft. It will be slightly less frugal than the four-cylinder model with 19 mpg combined but will reach 60 mph in around 5.6 seconds.
The same engine but with improved power will rumble under the hood of the GTS version. Its output will be around 360 hp and torque around 369 lb-ft.
At the top of the line, the Macan Turbo will include a 3.6-liter turbo V-6 engine. It will produce 400 hp and torque of 406 lb-ft which will help it to reach 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
2018 Porsche Macan: Launch date, Price
The new 2018 Porsche Macan should arrive sometime around the middle of the next year. The price will start from around $48, 000 and will go over the mid-70k in model’s top version.