For many years, Porsche vehicles have been considered one of the top-tier luxury vehicles. Year-after-year, Porsche creates new vehicles which center on luxury. One key element of the Porsche brand is the familiar face of each and every vehicle they produce. However, the newest model, the 2019 Porsche Macan, offers more than just what meets the eye. While the SUV has a familiar face, there are many significant changes which make it even more innovative and luxurious than previous models.
Porsche unveiled the new version of the Macon in Shanghai a few days ago. The model itself is based on the Volkswagen duration MLB modular-longitudinal architecture, which has been featured in past models as well. Beyond the architecture are other significant changes. The front end of the vehicle features redesigned LED headlights, as well as reconfigured front air intakes. The rear of the vehicle showcases a new LED tail light strip that stretches across the entire back of the vehicle, which evokes a more family-friendly vibe. In addition, the exterior of the vehicle offers many available paint colors and trim options to customize and accentuate based on personal preference.
Looking at the vehicle’s interior also shows many upgrades. In the past, a 7-inch infotainment screen was used and had the front air vents located above the screen. The 2019 model features a 10-inch infotainment screen with the air vents moved below the screen to provide room for the larger display. In addition, the Voice Control Function promises improved performance, responsiveness, and more compatible software applications to better enable the driver’s interactions with the vehicle.
Finally, let’s take a look at what’s under the hood. In terms of engine size, nothing has been officially confirmed by Porsche, but there are some expectations. For the base model, the engine will be a 2.0-liter inline-four engine which will provide an estimated horsepower of 300. For additional models the Macon S will come equipped with a single-turbo 3.0 liter-V-6 engine, giving it a horsepower around 350 and the Macon Turbo will be fitted with a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 engine with an estimated horsepower of 390. It is also likely that the model will be offered with a performance package so the user can select to have an even more powerful vehicle.
The Macan is expected to be released in late 2018 as a 2019 model. While prices for the model will vary, experts suggest the base cost to be around $49,000 with the Macan Turbo running around $78,000. Even with provisions, the Macan will continue to compete with other luxury performance vehicles such as the Audi SQ5, BMW X3/X4, and the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 and GLC63.