We were at the launch of the 2016 Porsche Macan at Sepang in May of this year, and Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) have finally revealed the new pricing. Starting from RM415k onwards for the base Macan, the new price represents a RM20k saving for the refreshed model.
As we wrote before, the most significant changes can be seen on the entry-level Macan, its two-litre powerplant getting a bump in power, now with a healthy 252hp/370Nm (+15hp/+20Nm). This is mated to a seven-speed PDK transmission and, should you tick the box for the optional Sports Chrono Package, allows a century sprint of just 6.5 seconds and on towards a 229km/h top speed.
Although the other Macan models will not see any hike in power, the refreshments on the inside will be standard across all models – 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.
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.
More power, more standard equipment and at lower prices – we cannot argue with that logic.