2019 Porsche Macan SUV Testing – Video
Porsche has been working on a mid-cycle refresh for its smaller SUV for quite some time and although the company headquartered in Stuttgart hasn’t issued a press release talking about the Macan facelift, we now have juicy details about what the 2019 model year will bring.
The base model continues to use a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine, but output has dramatically increased by 52 horsepower from 248 hp to nearly 300 hp. Should you need more muscle, you’ll have to step up to the Macan S, which will use a 3.0-liter V6 sourced from the Panamera and expected to deliver 355 hp, which would represent a nice bump of 20 hp compared to the outgoing model’s 335 hp.
With 355 hp on tap, the Macan S facelift will get dangerously close to the sportier GTS, but Porsche has a solution – the next Macan GTS will be upgraded in order to be positioned at a “respectable distance” above the S model.
As for the top-dog Macan Turbo, it will feature just about the same engine as the Macan S, but in a 2.9-liter flavor to unlock a meaty 434 hp or 40 hp more than the 3.6-liter unit powering the current version. The new output number will match that of the existing Macan fitted with the optional Performance Pack. The reason why it will be a 2.9 and not a 3.0 has to do with the necessity of a beefier crank that can handle the additional power, prompting Porsche’s engineers to come up with a shorter stroke.