stats
globeinteractive.com: Making the Business of Life Easier

   Finance globeinvestor   Careers globecareers.workopolis Subscribe to The Globe
The Globe and Mail /globeandmail.com
Home | Business | National | Int'l | Sports | Columnists | The Arts | Tech | Travel | TV | Wheels
space


Search

space
  This site         Tips

  
space
  The Web Google
space
   space



space

  Where to Find It


Breaking News
  Home Page

  Report on Business

  Sports

  Technology

space
Subscribe to The Globe

Shop at our Globe Store


Print Edition
  Front Page

  Report on Business

  National

  International

  Sports

  Arts & Entertainment

  Editorials

  Columnists

   Headline Index

 Other Sections
  Appointments

  Births & Deaths

  Books

  Classifieds

  Comment

  Education

  Environment

  Facts & Arguments

  Focus

  Health

  Obituaries

  Real Estate

  Review

  Science

  Style

  Technology

  Travel

  Wheels

 Leisure
  Cartoon

  Crosswords

  Food & Dining

  Golf

  Horoscopes

  Movies

  Online Personals

  TV Listings/News

 Specials & Series
  All Reports...

space

Services
   Where to Find It
 A quick guide to what's available on the site

 Newspaper
  Advertise

  Corrections

  Customer Service

  Help & Contact Us

  Reprints

  Subscriptions

 Web Site
  Advertise

  E-Mail Newsletters

  Free Headlines

  Globe Store New

  Help & Contact Us

  Make Us Home

  Mobile New

  Press Room

  Privacy Policy

  Terms & Conditions


GiveLife.ca

    

PRINT EDITION
Sticking to what works
space
Porsche's mild redesign of its popular Macan compact SUV includes more technology and a cleaner engine
space
By MARK RICHARDSON
Special to The Globe and Mail
  
  

Email this article Print this article
Friday, December 14, 2018 – Page D6

MALLORCA, SPAIN -- 2019 Porsche Macan

BASE PRICE: $55,000 Engine: Four-cylinder single turbo 2.0-litre (Macan); six-cylinder twin turbo 3.0-litre (Macan S) Transmission/drive: 7-speed dual-clutch (PDK)/all-wheel Fuel economy (litres/100 km): N/A Alternatives: Jaguar E-Pace, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Range Rover Velar, Audi Q3 N ot so long ago, Porsche made only two-door sports cars that it sold to wealthy aficionados. Then, in 2002, it produced the Cayenne SUV and purists sneered, though it shared the same lines as the sports cars and was designed to drive very fast.

Nobody else sneered - drivers bought them in droves.

The Panamera sedan followed the Cayenne and Porsche began selling more four-door vehicles than two-door cars. Then, four years ago, Porsche introduced the Macan compact SUV into what's become the fastest-growing market segment. There are more than 350,000 Macans on the world's roads today.

There was a mild redesign a couple of years ago, when the GTS edition joined the other versions, but the Macan is now "refreshed" for 2019 to spruce it up and catch up to modern technology.

Porsche is known for the multiple trim levels of its cars - the 911 has 25 different variants - and the Macan is no different. There's a basic Macan - at $55,000, the least expensive new Porsche you can buy - as well as the Macan S, Macan GTS, Macan Turbo and several other variations.

For 2019, the refreshed Macan will be fitted with a redesigned four-cylinder engine, while the Macan S will have the new six-cylinder engine that's already under the hoods of the basic Panamera and Cayenne models. Both will be equipped with new technology and conveniences and will come to Canada next year, while other Macan editions will follow in due course.

The four-cylinder Macan is no more powerful than before because it uses basically the same 2.0-litre engine, now redesigned at the cylinder head to run a little cleaner.

"As a driver, you're not going to notice a lot of the changes, but the necessity for us was to meet emissions legislation," chief program engineer Antoon Janssen says.

The six-cylinder Macan S is 14 horsepower more powerful thanks to its new engine, but again, it's not a noticeable difference from the previous version.

Zero-to-100 kilometres an hour is shaved by 0.1 seconds, to just a bit more than five seconds.

"The six-cylinder in Macan S is now as powerful as we can make it. We have to guarantee durability," Janssen says. "Believe me, when we say that 260 kilowatt (348 hp) is the maximum output of this engine, we also give you the guarantee it can do at least 200,000 km. But I also guarantee there will be no customer who is going to drive this car as harshly as our durability test drivers will drive it."

The Macan now has the latest technology for both connectivity and driver's assistance. It includes traffic jam assist, which allows the SUV to follow traffic and maintain a safe speed and distance behind the vehicle in front, even coming to a complete stop if needed. This sounds impressive until you realize a similar system is available in the most basic new Toyota Corolla.

Also as with Toyota, Porsche now offers Apple CarPlay for integrating an iPhone into the Macan's display and controls. It does not offer Android Auto for integrating Android phones. "We are still considering it, but we haven't started implementing it," says Jonas Pieper, the Macan's project manager for software development. "At the moment, this does not fit our strategy. It's a lot of work for the IT company, with interfaces and development and certification. Different devices behave differently. It sounds easy, but in most cases, it is not."

The new Macan is pricey even before adding options, but it's a Porsche and doesn't make any compromises to price. And if you're in a hurry, it'll go like stink.

The writer was a guest of the automaker. Content was not subject to approval.

RATINGS LOOKS The Macan always looked good, but the new version is another step forward. LED headlights now have four-point daytime running lights around the main beam, and at the back, a taillight strip runs right across the rear door and integrates into the main lights, also now LED. This is a similar approach to the wide strip that will be on the new 911. There are new wheel designs for up to 21 inches, as well as four new paint colours and a choice of five colours for the strip of flashing beneath the doors. And like before, with that curved hood, there's no mistaking that it's a Porsche.

INTERIOR Most automakers are removing buttons and switches from their dashboards and consoles, replacing them with digital taps and swipes on a central touchcontrol screen. Not Porsche. Its drivers like to feel they're in a jet fighter and there's a dizzying array of physical toggles and buttons and knobs running the length of the centre console to control just about everything.

The central control screen is larger this year, bumped up to 10.9 inches from the previous 7.2, and it's clear and easy to use. Also new this year is an optional choice of steering wheel that borrows from the 911, and if you order the Sport Chrono package, you'll get the driving mode switch integrated into the wheel. This includes the marvellous "Sport Response" button - push it with your right thumb and you immediately get Maximum Everything for 20 seconds. If you're overtaking, it's the next best thing to a nitrous button.

PERFORMANCE Handling is apparently improved thanks to a new suspension setup that uses aluminum spring forks at the front and retuned anti-roll bars. I can't verify that it's actually better, however, without trying the old and new models back-to-back on a track.

What I can verify is that after a day of tossing and turning on the narrow, serpentine roads of this mountainous Spanish island, neither the Macan nor the Macan S put a wheel wrong.

TECHNOLOGY The newly designed Porsche Connect app lets drivers access various features through all Apple and Android smartphones.

CARGO No different from before: There's still a reasonable amount of room for all five passengers and the rear seats fold flat for bulky cargo. There's 500 litres of space behind those rear seats and 1,500 litres when they're folded down.

THE VERDICT 8.0 A lovely and sporty SUV, easily capable of competing against the stiff competition in the luxury compact SUV segment.

Associated Graphic

The 2019 Porsche Macan is available in four new paint colours, with five new colours for the strip of flashing beneath the doors.

Unlike many of today's touchpad-laden vehicles, the Macan's revamped interior still includes a wide array of physical toggles, buttons and knobs alongside its 10.9-inch central control screen.


Huh? How did I get here?
Return to Main Hugh_Winsor Page
Subscribe to
The Globe and Mail
 

Email this article Print this article

space  Advertisement
space

Need CPR for your RSP? Check your portfolio’s pulse and lower yours by improving the overall health of your investments. Click here.

Advertisement

7-Day Site Search
    

Breaking News



Today's Weather


Inside

Rick Salutin
Merrily marching
off to war
Roy MacGregor
Duct tape might hold
when panic strikes


Editorial
Where Manley is going with his first budget




space

Columnists



For a columnist's most recent stories, click on their name below.

 National


Roy MacGregor arrow
This Country
space
Jeffrey Simpson arrow
The Nation
space
Margaret Wente arrow
Counterpoint
space
Hugh Winsor  arrow
The Power Game
space
 Business


Rob Carrick arrow
Personal Finance
space
Drew Fagan arrow
The Big Picture
space
Mathew Ingram arrow
space
Brent Jang arrow
Business West
space
Brian Milner arrow
Taking Stock
space
Eric Reguly arrow
To The Point
space
Andrew Willis arrow
Streetwise
space
 Sports


Stephen Brunt arrow
The Game
space
Eric Duhatschek arrow
space
Allan Maki arrow
space
William Houston arrow
Truth & Rumours
space
Lorne Rubenstein arrow
Golf
space
 The Arts


John Doyle arrow
Television
space
John MacLachlan Gray arrow
Gray's Anatomy
space
David Macfarlane arrow
Cheap Seats
space
Johanna Schneller arrow
Moviegoer
space
 Comment


Murray Campbell arrow
Ontario Politics
space
Lysiane Gagnon arrow
Inside Quebec
space
Marcus Gee arrow
The World
space
William Johnson arrow
Pit Bill
space
Paul Knox arrow
Worldbeat
space
Heather Mallick arrow
As If
space
Leah McLaren arrow
Generation Why
space
Rex Murphy arrow
Japes of Wrath
space
Rick Salutin arrow
On The Other Hand
space
Paul Sullivan arrow
The West
space
William Thorsell arrow
space





Home | Business | National | Int'l | Sports | Columnists | The Arts | Tech | Travel | TV | Wheels
space

© 2003 Bell Globemedia Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Help & Contact Us | Back to the top of this page