The newest facelift of the Porsche Macan has arrived in Malaysia with the German marque’s local distributor Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) offering a revised version of the sporty high-rider in 3 variants.
Prices start - inclusive of taxes and duties, but not on-road fees - from RM433,154 for the base Macan with the mid-tier Macan S going for RM623,593 and finally the range-topping GTS shoots for RM786,232.
Essentially, this is still the same Macan we’ve been familiar with since 2014, and the axing (at least temporarily) of the Macan Turbo is perhaps a sign that Porsche is putting the finishing touches on an all-new generation. Though, before long, might it be possible that the Macan shifts to local assembly and rolls into showrooms fresh from Kulim?
That being said, this 2022 version does come with plenty of new additions to keep it up to speed with the company’s cutting edge. Visually, the new Macan comes with redesigned bumpers front and rear and with more pronounced side intakes, finished in a matte black.
Also, upfront, Porsche’s Dynamic Light System (PDLS) headlights are now standard across the range, accented by daytime running light strips that sit just below the main illuminator housings. Overall, it’s a tighter and significantly more aggressive look for the Macan, even in its base variant.
Inside, each new Macan also receives a revised dashboard and centre console that dispenses with physical pushers, instead flanking the gear selector with a series of touch-sensitive buttons and digital readouts with a 10.9-inch touchscreen display with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) perched above.
There’s also a new GT Sport steering wheel lifted from the latest 911 fitted as standard, and the same goes for the previously optional Sport Chrono analogue clock (but not the performance enhancements).
SDAP has also confirmed that each 2022 Macan comes standard with the Premium Package that adds 14-way electric comfort seats, Park Assist, Power Steering Plus, and a 12-speaker Bose audio system.
Thanks to a higher pressure fuel system at 350 bar that delivers improved fuel distribution and efficiency, there are power increases across the board as well, though the actual engines themselves remain pretty familiar.
Kicking off the range, the base version’s 2.0-litre EA888 Gen 3 four-cylinder now outputs 13PS and 30Nm more at 265PS and 400Nm, allowing it to sprint to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds, or half a second quicker, and hit a higher top speed of 232km/h.
The Macan S, armed with a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6, now outputs 380PS and 520Nm - a 26PS and 40Nm bump - that slashes its century sprint to 4.6 seconds (again, 0.5s faster) and takes top speed to 260km/h.
In GTS form, the range-topping Macan shares the same 2.9-litre V6, but is tuned to produce 440PS and 550Nm, giving it a proper sports car shaming sprint time of just 4.3 seconds and top speed of 272km/h.
In all 3 variants, the engine is mated to Porsche’s 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, reaching all four wheels via the Porsche Traction Management all-wheel-drive system. Also standard are adaptive dampers courtesy of Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), but the GTS is further enhanced with air struts at all four corners.
In total there are 14 exterior colours to choose from, which also includes the new Gentian Blue Metallic and Papaya Metallic (pictured here) with only the Python Green shade exclusive to the GTS. As usual, you can play around with them, along with plenty of other customisation options, via Porsche’s full-featured configurator.
Each Macan comes with a 2-year warranty (with free maintenance package) that’s extendable upon request via the Porsche Approved Warranty programme.