New Porsche Macan orders start, from RM455K, available from June 21

By CARSIFU | 10 June 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The order books for Porsche's new Macan has opened and is due to hit Malaysian showrooms by June 21 while boasting of a more efficient 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with an improved combustion chamber geometry.

Priced with all applicable duties (except registration fee, road tax and insurance) from RM455,000, the new Macan will have 252hp and 370Nm on tap as well as the addition of four new exterior colours – Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic, Miami Blue and Crayon.

The compact sport utility vehicle uses a seven-speed Porsche Doppel Kupplungs getriebe (Porsche dual-clutch gearbox) to manage power delivery to the staggered and standard 18-inch wheels (up sizable up to 21-inches as an optional extra) via the all-wheel-drive system.

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While boasting of heightened levels of ride comfort, it is capable of sprinting from 0 to 100kph in 6.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 225kph while fuel consumption has been rated at a respectable 8.1 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

Externally, the Macan now sports a redesigned front end that makes it appear wider and flanked by the standard LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) available as an option.

The rear now sports a new three-dimensional LED light panel while the brake lights take on a four-point design.

Inside, the cabin features a fully interconnected Porsche communication management system with a 10.9-inch (+3.7-inch) full-HD touchscreen that provides mobile phone preparation, two audio interfaces and intelligent voice control as standard.

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As in the Panamera and Cayenne, the user interface can be adapted to suit personal requirements via predefined tiles while the existence of Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system helps to keep situations 'well planted'.

New owners of the Macan are able to opt for the GT sports steering wheel that follows the styling of the Porsche 911.

A mode switch integrated into the steering wheel – including sport response button – is part of the optional Sport Chrono package that can be fitted in the Macan.

Other worthy mentions include a heated windshield and an air ioniser that – together with the fine particulate air filter (fitted as standard) – improves the cabin's air quality.

The new Macan is still in its first generation, having debuted in 2014. It will continue as a petrol-driven car in the current generation for years to come and will be built in Leipzig alongside the second-generation Macan, which will be exclusively an all-electric car. The electric version is due in 2021.

The reason why Porsche is extending the life of the existing Macan is because some markets are not ready for a switch to all-electric drivetrains.