We were invited to Sepang yesterday evening for the debut of the 2016 Macan. The most significant changes apply to the base Macan – the 2.0 litre four-pot turbo getting a 15hp power hike, for a total of 252hp. Peak torque is also upped by 20Nm, now at 370Nm. With the extra performance, the entry Macan slices off 0.2 seconds off its century sprint, now at 6.5 seconds with the optional Sports Chrono-Package, and on towards a top speed of 229km/h.
Visually, there are only small details that separate the new entry-level model apart from the rest of the range. There are new “hovering” four-point LED daytime running lights, previously only found on the rest of the Macan range, complete with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) as an optional extra. Many of the standard features in the base Macan have been upgraded and are now the same as in the S models. This includes comfort seats with 14-way adjustment as an optional feature, latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM), a lane departure warning system and powered tailgate.
On the inside is where the Macan gets significant improvements – standard across all Macan models is Porsche Communication Management system (PCM) which features a high-resolution seven-inch touchscreen. Porsche claims the user interface has been redesigned to enable operation that is intuitive and smartphone-like. The touchscreen has a proximity sensor that can detect user input and support multi-touch gestures. There will be Bluetooth, USB and SD card interfaces as well to enable smartphone integration and something we’ve been looking forward to – Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Navigation is now a standard feature in the Macan, with high-resolution map display and the ability to control via voice control. The navigation unit will also be capable of displaying real-time traffic information as well as support Google services.
Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) have not revealed yet if prices will be adjusted for the new Macan. At this point in time, the entry Macan 2.0 is priced at RM435,000, the Macan S at RM590,000, Macan S Diesel at RM560,000 and the range topping Macan Turbo at RM820,000. We’ve experienced all Macan variants before and considering the standard kit in the base Macan has been enhanced, we believe it will represent best bang for buck.
Enjoy our gallery below!