The crisis of the pandemic did a lot of good for the Porsche brand, which saw its sales jump in Brazil. A good part of these new customers join the premium brand in a more precise way through the Macan, which received many new features that we already communicated at the launch.
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This time we tested Porsche’s updated SUV for a week. Going beyond the new bumpers, steering wheel and center console, the entry-level Macan already has a lot to show for it. By the way, show no. Perhaps showing is the right word. The Macan has smooth lines and a coupe fit that are its hallmarks that match the brand’s sporty style inspired by compact models.
The Macan is built on the Audi Q5 platform and has recently received new headlights and now new bumpers with a more robust appearance. In the 2022 version, it has new four-point LED lights with projectors, low position lights and a new grille, a side strip that looks like a three-dimensional footboard change and new bumpers along with seven-wheel options. . If the outside is more attractive because of its Miami blue color, the inside continues to offer the best that the brand has to offer.
The interior finish combines leather, steel and tailor-made taste. The highlight is the new 911 model steering wheel with narrow rims and a classic look. The raised center console now accommodates several adjustments to the seats and the car’s exhaust controls. The gearshift lever is small and sporty and is close to the driver.
The visible evolution is due to the high definition of the multimedia and 10.9” in the middle of the panel with a horizontal position and the panel has three circles: left with the speedometer, central with the tachometer and below with the speedometer, and right the flyer. dashboard with map reflection and vehicle technical information as well as timer settings and safety device indicators. Now the Macan brings the blind spot alert, lane keeping system and automatic braking that it previously owed.
Although it is the most “tame” in the range, the Porsche Macan has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with 265hp and 44kgfm of torque controlled by a seven-speed PDK gearbox and all-wheel drive and very convenient. -adjust driving mode controls. In practice, even this entry-level version brings a lot of safety as well because of the chosen set of tires, which are 265 in the front and 295 in the back.
During our test conducted between the cities of São Paulo, Campinas, Artur Nogueira, Indaiatuba, Itu and São Roque over a period of four days, we were able to test its main characteristics in the natural habitat of the Macanese. With 0-100km/h in the six-second range, the Porsche Macan is adept at acceleration as well as handling. The difference between the driving modes and the response of the suspension, steering and acceleration is noticeable. Therefore, consumption also changes a lot.
We also tested the DRIVE MODE using a button on the steering wheel that produces different levels of noise. At its most fun, accelerating from a standstill, the Macan is guaranteed to be fun. On the remote road, where we drive very little, it’s true, you can see the balance of the wheel of a car that strives for the ability to be a sports car.
Using the comfortable mode with moderate response, the Porsche Macan showed a run of 10 km/l on the highway while in the city the best mark was 8 km/l. For travel, comfortable seats with electric adjustment (all with mechanism), sunroof, Park Assist rear camera with 360-degree camera very useful in maneuvers, LED headlights with adaptive system and automatic mode which reduces the light time. it gets the car in different directions, dual-zone digital climate and electric steering with a new mechanism.
Porsche says it has improved the four-cylinder engine’s pistons, fuel injection system to improve performance as well as the turbine. It is worth noting that the middle version of the “T” has two turbines in one engine to produce 380cv while the V6 has 440cv.
Although it’s an entry-level model, the Macan owes nothing to its competitors, demonstrating a crossover distinction and assured performance. And that’s not a common item on competing models like the Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, Jaguar E-Pace, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Range Rover Evoque.
The Porsche Macan is sporty with its 2.0 engine. The first units start arriving in Brazil in September and its price of R$ 439,000 compared to competitors is very cheap. So much so that most Brazilians who join the Porsche brand start with the Macan.