You’re not going to notice the changes to the 2019 Porsche Macan SUV by just looking at the surface. You’ll have to go deeper. The Macan is based on the Volkswagen Group’s first generation MLB modular-longitudinal architecture. MLB is a system that allows for different cars to be built using common engine mounting, including drivetrains. Expectations ahead of actual announcements lean toward the Macan getting a boost to its turbocharged 2.0 liter inline-four engine, bumping it from 252 horses to 300 horsepower. The V6 engines, new to the Macan, will be a single-turbo 3.0 liter with 350 horsepower for the Macan S, and a twin-turbo 2.9 liter for the Macan Turbo, which should add another 90 horses or so. Regardless of the engine, the Macan will be getting a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Other updates include LED headlights and redesigned air intakes in the front. In the rear, a new LED taillight strip stretches all the way across the back. Wheel sizes are bumping up to 21 inches. The Turbo will have different fascias and bumpers. A 7.0 inch infotainment screen in the interior of previous models is being replaced with an 11.0 inch touchscreen. If touch isn’t your thing, then you might find the voice control function appealing.
The new Macans should start showing up in late 2018 and prices will stay within the range of what you’re already familiar with.