Porsche Macan Getting Ready For One More Facelift

It’s been about four years now since Porsche first introduced the Macan. Since then, Audi has completely replaced the Q5 with which it shares its underpinnings. Porsche will eventually follow suit, but in the meantime, it’s relying on updates.

It rolled out one such facelift in 2016, and from these latest spy shots, it would appear that the German automaker is preparing to roll out another.

Undergoing cold-weather testing way up north in Scandinavia, these two prototypes bear only what looks like modest visual enhancements. But underneath and inside, we can expect to find updated technologies – both in terms of powertrains and infotainment.

Will that be enough to keep the Macan current in the face of newer competition? Hard to say: rivals like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, and Volvo XC60 all present fresher prospects than Zuffenhausen’s baby crossover. But if Porsche has shown us anything over the years, it’s that it can keep an old design driving sweeter than most anything else on the road – almost indefinitely.

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  • With so many rivals to compete with, they don’t really have what Macan has though, The Porsche badge 😛

    In all seriousness, the Stelvio has given dynamics that is equal to Macan. And this is the car that Aston head of engineering called the best handling luxury SUV. So more work for Porsche to maintain their advantage.

    • Shahul Usman

      With Audi/VW underpinnings… I hate badge engineering… buy a GLC (motortrends suv of the year), a Stelvio or F pace

      • botornot387

        Thats a dumb reason not to consider a vehicle. Badge engineering here doesn’t mean you are buying the same car. The Q5 and Macan are completely different, have different looks and interior /tech and drive vastly differently, with different engines in their respective performance models. The GLC is only good if you are buying an AMG version, cause the 300 is complete crap.

        • Shahul Usman

          The chassis is the car… different looks and engine sure… but its the car itself the structure.. even Audi moved on from that chassis.. The GLC is suv of the year for a reason.. I agree an AMG version is always better

          • botornot387

            Just cause they sit on the same underpinnings, doesn’t mean that they are even remotely close. Same chassis, but these cars have different gearboxes, different AWD systems, different steering, etc. Just blindly following the Motortrend SUV award doesn’t imply that the Merc is better, not even remotely, like I said, especially in the 300 case with its underpowered engine and bland driving characteristics. (Yes I have driven all 3) The Macan is unparalleled, especially for being the oldest one here now.

          • Shahul Usman

            blindly saying “but its a Porsche” and saying that its “unparalleled” isnt true either.. the GLC43 beat the Macan and F pace…was faster and handled better….soooo…. ??


          • botornot387

            which is why i said i have driven all of them, and it is unparalleled. Have you driven these vehicles? because all you sight is motortrend car of the year. LOL Thats the definition of blind. When you drive all of them back to back let me know

          • Shahul Usman

            I have worked for Porsche and Audi and drove them.. I drove a Glc43 recently.. Want to drive the stelvio.. Im not an suv person at all.. But I hate the macan is a rebadge Audi q5.. I always have.. I love the 911 and Boxster.. I tracked a Boxster spyder..

          • gor134

            If you truly worked for Porsche and Audi and drove them, you would know the Macan isn’t a rebadged Q5.

      • Nordschleife

        Without badge engineering a lot of vehicles wouldn’t exist and they would cost more if they did. Badge engineering helps balance the economy of scales. I think automakers do a great job at differentiating models (obviously some are better at it) and of note, the F Pace platform is shared with the Velar.

        • Shahul Usman

          That’s actually a very valid point..

      • Actually maybe you aren’t aware that chassis tuning is done separately by each brand. That is why Audi Q5 will behave differently from Macan. The same platform don’t necessary means they behave the same, and most people didn’t aware that VAG group platform is designed with input from every brand and also their requirement. Therefore each car is distinct with each other.

        I mean we aren’t talking Perdana/Accord here. (I think you once said you are Malaysian).

  • nastinupe

    The Macan seems like a great big city vehicle. Perfect for DC, NYC, Chicago, Boston, Philly, etc. Cities where there are tight spaces and a need for AWD. If I lived up north I would definitely consider one.

  • Bo Hanan

    I think the term: “badge engineering” is misleading. For example, in the VW family everybody gets the platform, then they do with it what they do best. The Macan is years away from the Audi and VW versions in terms of looks, feel and performance. And that’s the whole point.

    • Totally agree, to add on, Actually in the design of the new VAG platform (The MLB for example). VW invites all the engineers from each brand that will use the platform to share their insight and requirement to be put into it. And these days VW gave greater freedom in tuning their platform. Like the new Continental has been a massive success since VW literally let Bentley engineers do the dynamics.

  • SteersUright

    This needs massive improvements if its to be truly competitive given the agedness of its platform. Don’t understand why this didn’t get the new Q5 chassis it deserves.

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