The new 2018 Porsche Macan will give an update to the already acceptable offer. The latest news about this car is that it is going to be a bit fresher for the next season, but we are not getting a great boost in performance compared to the previous model. The slight changes here are good enough to keep the Macan steady in the market.
The Porsche Macan is essentially a smaller Cayenne, but it offers almost the same interior spacing backed up with a strong and steady performance. And the best part of everything is that you get it for a slightly lesser price.
The current Porsche Macan received its last refresh in 2015 and quickly become the brand’s top selling car. This time besides the regular S and Turbo trims we are getting the performance-orientated GTS version as well. The Macan is certainly a superior model to other vehicles in the segment and offers more than your regular SUV crossover does.
Here is our take about the 2018 Porsche Macan and we give the review just before the release date announcement.
When is the Release Date for the new 2018 Porsche Macan?
The newest 2018 Porsche Macan is supposed to make its debut by the end of the year. The model is labeled as a 2018 version but all things point to an early release and we can expect to see it by the end of this year. The official release date will be announced soon.
What is the Starting Price?
As expected, the 2018 Porsche Macan is not going to be priced much higher than the current version of the car. It will start at 47,500 dollars for its base MSRP rate, the S trim is 54,400, and the Turbo is 76,000 while the GTS is priced at 67,200 dollars.
How does it look on the Outside?
The exterior look of the 2018 Porsche Macan is absolutely stellar looking. The best idea that the designers had was using the cues from a larger Cayenne model and transferring them to a much smaller Macan. The angles look great and the curves as well. The massive strakes and front-end air intakes actually go pretty well for this design and the big headlights are also there.
The side profile is where the Macan resembles the Cayenne the most. It has a very handsome SUV crossover look and combines well with the overall design of the car. It even has a great rear end with the positioning of the glass which gives it a more athletic look. The LED taillights also have a great wraparound design around the tailgate.
The interior of the 2018 Porsche Macan is unmistakenably a Porsche. With smooth buttons and switches, not incomprehensible screens, and a left-mounted ignition, it provides everything what you would expect to see from a Porsche car. There are dozens of buttons positioned on the sides of the shift levers and a central screen which operates the secondary controls only.
The interior also has a simple black-and-gray scheme giving us a really polished SUV look. It uses an aluminum or carbon-fiber or dark walnut trim, and additionally offered this time is the piano black trim as well. Also provided is a full leather trim and a leather key pouch.
The 2018 Porsche Macan has an advantage compared to other crossover SUVs when it comes to its performance. The engine at hand is the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder which makes 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, which is available between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm. It also comes with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive as standard.
The S trim will use a stronger turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 making 340 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque and it also comes with a 7-speed dual-clutch. But the GTS trim has the most powerful option with the help of the 3.0-liter V-6 engine which is able to provide 360 horsepower.
0-60 mph Performance for the 2018 Porsche Macan
Depending on which trim of the 2018 Porsha Macan you decide to go for, the acceleration will change. The base one has a performance of 6.1 seconds to reach 60 mph and a top speed of 142 mph. The base offer is already good but the Turbo model performs the same at 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 156 mph. But the baddest one of them all is the GTS which speeds up from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and develops a top speed of 159 mph.
Considering the power of the 2018 Porsche Macan, the gas mileage is low, but that is what you get. The EPA rates for the base engine measure to 20 mpg city, 25 highway and 22 combined. As for the S and Turbo trims they are capable of consuming 17/23/19, while the GTS has still to be rated for now.
Dimensions and Size
The new 2018 Porsche Macan version is not going to grow compared to the outgoing model. The size is pretty appropriate and established for this generation of Macan models, and being that this is an update, the size is kept the same. The car is 184.7 inches long and the wheelbase is 110.5 inches. The height it is 63.6 inches and the width is 76.1 inches. The interior volume is pretty good at 96 cu ft with the cargo bay being 18 cu ft. Finally the curb weight of the car is 4492 lb.
The new 2018 Porsche Macan is going to stick to the same level of safety features which were provided for the previous model. It also means that the score is going to be the same. The standard set of equipment includes airbags, stability control, all-wheel drive, a rearview camera, and lane departure warnings. Optional equipment includes blind-spot monitors and adaptive cruise control.
What are the Rivaling Cars?
The 2018 Porsche Macan will face the same set of rivaling cars as before. But it will still keep its offer closer to the top. This model has got a very nice looking and a great offer so its position in the segment is still preserved. Other models that you may look at include the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti QX70 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Class models.
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