German sportscar maker Porsche is betting big on SUVs ever since the Cayenne started outselling its sportscar range. The automaker introduced a smaller, cheaper SUV in the form of the Macan a couple of years ago. Now, a facelifted version of the Porsche Macan has made it to the Indian market. Launched earlier today, the 2019 Porsche Macan Facelift starts from Rs. 69.98 lakhs, ex-showroom India, for the base trim while the higher S trim is priced at Rs. 85.03 lakhs.
Both variants are petrol powered, and are imported into India through the completely built unit (CBU) route. The five seat SUV also gets a new maintenance package that Porsche calls Crest care. The Standard package for the Macan is priced at Rs. 1.43 lakhs while the Elite package is priced at Rs. 5.34 lakhs. For the Macan S trim, the Standard maintenance package costs Rs. 1.52 lakhs while the Elite package is priced at Rs. 5.62 lakhs.
Coming to the engines that power the 2019 Porsche Macan, both are turbocharged units. The regular variant gets a 2 liter-4 cylinder turbo petrol unit with 250 Bhp of peak power and 370 Nm of peak torque. The bigger engine is a 3 liter V6 petrol, again with turbocharging, and 350 Bhp-480 Nm outputs. Both engines get 7 speed twin clutch PDK automatic gearboxes as standard. While the Macan can sprint from 0-100 Kph in 6.7 seconds, the Macan S does the same sprint in just 5.3 seconds. Top speeds of the Macan and Macan S are rated at 225 Kph and 254 Kph respectively. Both variants of the Macan get an all wheel drive layout as standard. The Macan S gets a height adjustable suspension. Optional extras on the S trim include Porsche’s torque vectoring and ceramic brakes.
Coming to the key changes on the facelifted Macan, the headlamps are new LED units and the front grille and air intake gets revisions. At the rear, there are new 3D effect tail lamps and the LED conjoining strip runs across the width of the hatch lid. Mamba Green, Dolomite Silver, Miami Blue and Crayon are four new colours that the Macan will be available with. On the inside, the biggest change is the new 11 inch touchscreen infotainment unit, a new steering wheel borrowed from the Porsche 911, a revised center console design and an instrument cluster that gets a semi-digital design.
The SUV is more affordable than before, and Porsche is taking aim at the likes of the Mercedes Benz GLE 45AMG and the Jaguar F-Pace with the new range of Macan twins. The car will no longer be available with diesel engine as Porsche has decided to abandon diesel engines on all its cars. In future, petrol, petrol-hybrid and electric powertrains will power Porsches.