2021 Porsche Macan Unveiled
The 2021 Porsche Macan has received a second facelift, this time in preparation for the launch of the entirely unrelated new electric Macan next year. To keep the SUV fresh till the end of its life, it has received performance upgrades, stylistic modifications, and a completely redesigned inside. The regular Macan, the Macan S, and the Macan GTS are now available, whereas the Macan Turbo is no longer offered.
The engines have been tweaked as part of the makeover, with the base Macan, the S, and the 2021 Porsche Macan GTS now being more powerful than before (the Turbo has been discontinued). The 2.0-litre turbo four in the entry-level Macan has been bumped up to 265 horsepower, while the 3.0-litre V6 in the Macan S has been replaced with a 2.9-litre V6 that produces 26 horsepower more, 380 horsepower – the same as the outgoing Macan GTS. Both receive minor torque boosts, resulting in faster 0-100kph sprint times.
Meanwhile, the 2.9-litre V6 in the Macan GTS has been modified to produce almost as much power as the original Macan Turbo, with 440hp and 549Nm. Porsche claims it can sprint from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 272 kilometres per hour.
The GTS, like previously, is focused on dynamic performance, therefore torque vectoring, a 10mm suspension drop, and firmer air springs at either end are included in the quest for faster turn-in response and enhanced stability.
The 2021 Porsche Macan has a reshaped front grille, a revised rear diffuser, new standard-fit LED headlights, and wider wheels (available in seven new styles) ranging from 19 to 21 inches across the line-up.
The GTS model gets a custom rear diffuser and a slew of black accent bits, as per Porsche tradition.
Inside, though, the visual revamp is most noticeable, with a reworked centre console and control stack that aligns the Macan with its larger brother, the Cayenne, and the newer Panamera fastback.
The actual buttons and switches that ran the length of the central console, on both sides of the gear selector, have been removed. They’ve been replaced by a touch-sensitive panel with illuminated haptic icons, which, when combined with a smaller gear selector, results in a neater, less crowded layout.
The 10.9-inch infotainment display is still present in the 2021 Porsche Macan , and while no confirmation has been given, it is expected to be upgraded to Porsche’s sixth-generation infotainment software platform while the Macan is still available.
A slew of additional personalization choices for the SUV “substantially enhance the design freedom,” according to the company. The seat stitching now comes in a variety of vivid colours, and the analogue clock in the centre of the dashboard, which was previously only available as part of the Sport Chrono package, is now standard on all versions.
Porsche previously introduced the facelifted Macan in India in 2019, with base and Macan S trim levels available. While there is no official word on when the updated Macan will be available in India, given that it is a CBU import, it is likely to happen soon.