New Porsche Macan: first details of updated sports SUV

Published: 20 July 2021

► Porsche's Macan refreshed for 2021
► First spec details of S and GTS variants
► New Macan EV to arrive in 2023

Porsche has revealed the first details of its new-generation Macan SUV – not that you'd be able to tell the difference upon first glance.

The first prices and specs have dropped, along with a set of images of the S and GTS variants. Arguably, though, the bigger news is still to come – this is the generation of Macan that will benefit from an all-electric variant.

It really looks the same...

We promise, this is the new one. Porsche is keen to point out the mildly redesigned front end and a new '3D' diffuser at the rear. More pertinently, Porsche says the Macan can be customised more than before with a fresh suite of paint colours and wheel designs.

macan interior

The bigger news, on the design front, is the updated interior. Porsche's favourite buzzword for the Macan's new cockpit is: haptic. The new 10.-9-inch display uses haptic feedback and the centre console now mirrors the Panamera, 911 and Cayenne for its touch panel layout – rather than predominantly physical switchgear on the previous one. The new 911's steering wheel is carried across, too.

Give me the Macan's performance specs

For now, we know about the regular, S and GTS variants of the Macan. These still use combustion engines; an all-electric Macan is coming in 2023.

The standard Macan has a newly-developed 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine making 261bhp (up by 20bhp compared to the previous generation), launching to 62mph in 6.2 seconds and capable of a 145mph top speed.

macan gts wheel

The S and GTS variants both benefit from a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6. Performance specs from the S variant include 375bhp, a 0-62mph sprint in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 161mph. As for the GTS, power jumps to 434bhp, a launch sprint is over with in 4.3 seconds and it tops out at 169mph.

PASM (active suspension management) is standard on S and GTS trims, and GTS now features air suspension as standard (that Porsche says is 10 and 15 per cent stiffer on the front and rear axles respectively), along with a 10mm lower ride height. The GTS sports pack throws in 21-inch wheels, performance tyres, Porsche's Torque Vectoring Plus technology and the Sport Chrono package.

New Porsche Macan: price and release date

Porsche's new small SUV is available to order now. Standard Macan trim starts from £47,780; S starts from £53,300 and GTS starts at £64,770 in the UK. Expect to add a few grand in options – it's the Porsche way.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches