Porsche plans to unveil the updated 2019 Porsche Macan sport-utility vehicle, far and away the company’s most popular model, during press preview at next week’s Los Angeles International Auto Show.
The 2019 Porsche Macan will feature a new three-dimensional LED light panel at the rear, standard LED headlights in the front and a revamped interior design that comes with a new interface, linking the Macan’s technology to the driver.
The updated Macan will have a larger, 10.9-inch full HD touch screen with the latest version of Porsche Communication Management, which, as in the Panamera and Cayenne, allows users to customize the interface by positioning movable tiles and choosing their respective functions from a list of options.
Fully connected as standard, the new system features online navigation, Porsche Connect Plus (with LTE phone module and SIM card reader), a WLAN hotspot, and an array of Porsche Connect services. Up-to-date online navigation data is available via a connection to HERE Cloud for route calculation. Apple CarPlay is optionally available.
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The 2019 Macan also gains the new Traffic Jam Assist function as a component of the optional adaptive cruise control system. When so equipped, the Macan can accelerate, brake, and keep itself within a marked lane at speeds up to 40 mph.
The Porsche Connect app and Porsche Car Connect app enable the driver to communicate with the Macan via their smartphone. New for the 2019 Porsche Macan, the Offroad Precision app can be used to improve and even record off-road experiences in the Macan.
The 2019 Macan comes with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. In combination with its seven-gear PDK dual-clutch gearbox, the compact SUV can spring from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, or 6.1 seconds with Launch Control if equipped an optional Sport Chrono package, which was updated for the coming model year. The new model can accelerate to a top track speed of 142 mph.
An updated chassis increases comfort. As is typical for a sports car, the Macan comes with staggered sized tires, underscoring the benefits of rear-biased Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive.
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The newly developed tires with improved performance characteristics allow for improved lateral dynamics as compared to previous model years. Wheel diameters range from 18 inches as standard to optional 21-inch diameter, and include new designs.
Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (is still available as an option on the 2019 Macan, offering improved lighting while cornering.
The taillights, which were separate on prior Macan models, now connect in similar fashion to other Porsche models, first seen on the 911 and now the Cayenne and Panamera.
Porsche is also expanding the range of options and assistance systems available on the new Macan starting with optional GT Sport steering wheel, which echoes the steering gear found in the Porsche 911.
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A mode switch integrated into the steering wheel – including the sport response button – is part of the optional Sport Chrono package. Porsche has extended the list of options designed to enhance convenience, which now includes a heated windshield and an air ionizer that – together with the standard fine particulate air filter – improves the quality of the air inside the vehicle.