2018 Porsche Macan Facelift

2018 Porsche Macan spied

The Macan is Porsche’s baby crossover and as of recently, their best selling car. The latter came a bit of a surprise for many who thought the Cayenne would always be Porsche’s best selling model. Well, it looks like the interesting design and great to drive Macan took that title with ease. The car is now expected to receive a rather large update with the upcoming 2018 Porsche Macan which is also set to be the car’s mid-life facelift. So far Porsche hasn’t released much information about this update. Luckily the new Macan has been spied testing so we do have a pretty good idea of what to expect in the future.


Pros….

New and powerful engines
Comfort
Quality at a high level

….Cons

Not enough room for three persons in the rear


News

2018 Porsche Macan certainly took its sweet time in getting to dealerships. The German manufacturer’s sales were dropping because the model wasn’t available for purchase. Considering that Macan is Porsche’s best-selling vehicle these lack of available crossovers impacted their earnings in the last few months.

The reason for the delay was lack of certificate for Porsche which would allow them to begin sales. They had to pass through the same process in 2017. The US now has strict regulations for imported vehicles due to Volkswagen diesel scandal. The two certificates needed to be those from EPA and California Air Resources Board. The expected delay was from four to twelve weeks. For lasting of the certification process, Macan crossovers were waiting across the US in various ports.

The first sign of a future problem was seen in July. At that time sales of Porsche’s other models started to decline. 911 fell by 27 percent, Cayman by 58 percent, and Boxster by 51 percent. After the certification was cleared up, all three cars rose in sales.  In August 911 sales rose up by 36 percent, Cayman by 54 percent, and Boxster by 12 percent. Now the delay with Macan is finally over. The order for this crossover was issued on August 17th.  

The first models hit dealerships on August 30, but first sales happened in September. But, unfortunately, not all dealerships will be immediately stocked with 2018 Porsche Macan. Depending on the location, deliveries will last through September until mid-October. – Update 9.27.2017

2018 Porsche Macan Review

The car’s platform is not going to change which is contrary to what most people thought.

In fact, the new model will still be based on the older MLB architecture. While it may seem like a step back, it really isn’t as the MLB is more than just capable enough.

The only real drawback is the fact the Macan will be lacking some of the newer features.

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2018 Porsche Macan shown – Source: autoevolution.com

Luckily the car will be completely revamped in around 3 years so the new model won’t have to struggle for long

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The running gear.

One of the car’s main selling points is the way it drives. In order to become even better than before, it looks like the 2018 Porsche Macan will receive quite a bit of attention.

The car will still come with regular shocks and springs but this time around the shocks will be the usually optional DCC adaptive units

These should improve the ride while also maintaining the great driving characteristics.

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2018 Porsche Macan shown – Source: autoevolution.com

The optional air-suspension will be retained for the higher end models. In order to improve these, it seems Porsche may end up installing a new management unit in order to make the suspension faster to react to the changing driving conditions.

Redesign

Let’s start with the interior of the 2018 Porsche Macan which may be a disappointment for many.

Even though Porsche didn’t release the official specs, the prototype for the car was already spied and the news isn’t great. The prototype had exactly the same dashboard, instrument cluster and overall layout as the ongoing model.

This is not ideal, especially since Porsche released a brand new infotainment system with the Panamera.

We do hope the Macan will receive the same system but this remains to be seen

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2018 Porsche Macan interior spied – Source: ca.motor1.com

The car’s exterior, on the other hand, will change slightly. In the front, the headlights will feature either Xenon or LED clusters.

On top of that, the bumper is expected to change in order to look a bit closer to the upcoming Cayenne.

The biggest change will come to the rear of the car. Here, the new Macan will feature full-width tail lights, similar to Porsche’s newer models.

These should really elevate the way it looks while also giving the car a far more aggressive character than before.

Engine and Specs of 2018 Porsche Macan

The base version of the 2018 Porsche Macan will likely retain the 2.0-liter turbo-four of its predecessor.

With 249 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, this is not really the most impressive engine out there. Even so, it is known to be reliable and one of the more capable inline-four gasoline engines on the market.

2017 ModelEngineGas Mileage
Porsche MacanIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-417 MPG City
25 MPG Hwy
Porsche CayennePremium Unleaded V-614 MPG City
24 MPG Hwy
Audi Q5Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-418 MPG City
27 MPG Hwy
BMW X3Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-419 MPG City
28 MPG Hwy

The 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged diesel is not going to change much either. This will continue to offer 208 to 254 horsepower and up to 428 lb-ft of torque.

Both of these will be available with all-wheel drive and Porsche’s well-known 7-speed PDK gearbox.

The old 3.0 and 3.6-liter V6 engines, on the other hand, are going to be discontinued

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The Six-Cylinder Gas Engine from 2015 Porsche Macan – Source: blog.caranddriver.com

The S and GTS will receive Porsche’s 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 which is known to make up to around 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

The Turbo, on the other hand, will receive a smaller 2.9-liter V6 sporting twin-turbochargers.

This engine has been confirmed to make up to 444 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, a sizable improvement over the older 3.6-liter unit.

Release and Price

The price has yet to be announced but it looks like not much will change. The base version of the car is still expected to cost around $49,000 with its range-topping model getting close to $70,000 without any optional extras.

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2017 model
MSRP
Porsche Macan$47,500
Porsche Cayenne$59,500
BMW X3$40,000
Audi Q5$40,500
Mercedes-Benz GLCN/A

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2018 Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package

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