The global media is upbeat about the PPE-based Macan EV (name TBA) set to arrive in 2023 as Porsche’s first all-electric SUV. However, there’s one other significant launch from Porsche due before that, the Macan facelift.
It’s been over seven years since Porsche took the veil off the Macan at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The company gave it a facelift in 2018, but the mid-size luxury SUV has started showing its age. The Stuttgart-based sports car specialist is working on a second-gen Macan, but not as its replacement. The second-gen Macan will be all-electric, and the gas-powered first-gen Macan will continue alongside it for a few years. The latter is getting a comprehensive update to stay relevant in the market.
While the next-gen Macan electric is getting slimmer headlamps reminiscent of the Taycan, the gas-powered 2022 Macan would retain the generously proportioned lights that were originally inspired by those of the 918 Spyder. Porsche is likely to give them a tweaked design for a fresh identity. Restyled bumpers, modified grilles, tweaked taillights, and new alloy wheels should also be among the exterior changes.
The 2022 Macan will have more extensive changes on the inside. Expect a cleaner floor console design with fewer classic hardware controls (like switches and buttons) for reduced clutter and improved aesthetic and a new instrument cluster that is either mostly digital like in the Cayenne (two 7-inch displays on the sides of the tachometer) or fully digital. Porsche is working on a new Cayenne as well, and that model is said to have a fully digital instrument cluster.
With the upcoming facelift, Porsche may curtail the powertrain and variant line-up of the Macan. The company may try to push customers seeking power and acceleration towards the next-gen Macan electric available from 2023. The introduction of plug-in hybrid tech looks unlikely, as that would be a regressive move, but adoption of mild-hybrid tech for the 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engines does seem possible.
Porsche is likely to launch the Macan facelift by early-2022. This page will be updated as new information comes available.
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