2019 Porsche Macan gets smaller V6, drops diesel

2019 Porsche Macan front three quarter

The 2019 Porsche Macan has been unveiled, with new rear-end styling, a revised infotainment system, a new V6 engine option but no diesel version.

We’ve known for a while that Porsche would be dropping the diesel as an option, since the new WLTP laws came into force. Porsche did say it would update the previous diesel Macan‘s engine management software to ensure it steers clear of any more Dieselgate scandals, but there may be a possibility it could be reintroduced later in the model’s life cycle.

The rear end styling now closely follows the 911 and Panamera with a new LED light strip that spans its width. And in the hero colour of these press shots it certainly looks good.

2019 Porsche Macan rear

Up front, there are also LED headlights as standard, with an option of matrix-style segments which prevents oncoming traffic from being blinded by your high-beams.

While Porsche hasn’t said much about what’s under the bonnet, we should see an uprated version of the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which will feature in the lower spec version. Power should be bumped from 248hp to somewhere around the 255hp mark.

The turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 petrol is likely to be dropped in favour of the smaller, 3.0-litre V6 turbo petrol used in the Audi SQ5, and will get around 335hp in the Macan S, and around 355hp in the Macan GTS.

The Macan Turbo, however, should get the even more potent 2.9-litre V6 turbo that’s found in the RS4 and RS5, making a very healthy 455hp or more.

2019 Porsche Macan rear three quarter

The same seven-speed PDK gearbox will transfer the power to all four wheels via the wet-plate multi-clutch all wheel drive system.

Those wheels come in both 20- and 21-inch diameters while the fronts and rears get differing width tyres. Porsche also says the tyres are “newly developed” but hasn’t expanded on either the brand or tread pattern.

Inside, there are more changes, with a new, larger infotainment screen. The 11-inch full colour touchscreen has necessitated moving of the surrounding air vents down below the screen, while an optional GT steering wheel has now been crafted to look more in line with the 911’s wheel, creating a more cohesive cabin.

The new steering wheel also has the mode switch and Sport Response Button fitted to the wheel itself when the Sports Chrono Package is optioned.

2019 Porsche Macan interior

Porsche also says the new infotainment system (called Porsche Communication Management) has “intelligent” voice control, meaning it can understand natural English phrases, and an online connected sat-nav is standard across the range.

There’s also an interior ioniser to help air quality, and there’s a heated windscreen, which will help in colder climates.

Keeping its occupants safe, the 2019 Porsche Macan now gets a traffic jam assistant which has been added to the standard suite of AEB, lane departure warning, stability control and plenty of airbags.

Porsche says that the Macan will be launched in various markets throughout the rest of this year, but will go on sale in China first. Pricing will be announced as each market launches the new Macan.

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