One last upgrade for Porsche Macan before EV transition

It was only a few years back when I was in Germany to drive the Porsche Macan, the brand’s second cross-over SUV and only the third 4-door model after the Cayenne and Panamera back in 2014. Today, that line-up has grown to five cars thanks to the Panamera Sport Turismo, Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo EVs. How things have changed, indeed!

And yet, it’s been eight years, a veritable lifetime since I drove the Macan. Since then, the Macan has gone through three facelifts, and the 2022 facelift is probably the last one the current Macan will get, prior to the arrival of an all-new model in 2025 which will be a fully electric model.

So what’s new for 2022? The front and rear bumpers are revised, as are the rear tail lights. Inside, the instrument cluster and Porsche Communication Management Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay is also updated with its 10.9 inch LCD touchscreen, and a new steering wheel with paddle shifters plus a new design gearshift lever for the 7-speed Porsche PDK dual clutch transmission make their presence felt.

A slight change in the specs sees the price drop from the previous P6.5 million to a more affordable P6.1 million. Adaptive Air Suspension is removed, but the Sport Chrono Pack, along with the Sport Response Button which gives 20 seconds of turbo over-boost and engine responsiveness plus a valved exhaust that gives more forty noise are standard are standard features. Gone too are 20-inch wheels, replaced by slightly smaller 19-inch wheels that have thicker sidewalls to deliver more compliance, giving a perfectly balanced ride/handling compromise.

What hasn’t changed are the amazing build quality from the Volkswagen Group’s MQB modular platform, the best brakes in the business and steering feel that is perfectly weighted, brimming with feel and response. The engine is another familiar feature: hailing from the EA888 family of four-cylinder gasoline-fed, turbocharged and direct injected internal combustion engines, the highly versatile power plant produces 265hp and 400 Newton-Meters of torque, sending power to all four wheels. With the driving mode in Sport Plus (engaged by twisting the driving mode selector knob to select Sport Plus on the lower right position of the 3-spoke steering wheel), Launch Control engaged, the Macan will accelerate to 100km/h from rest in a scant 6.2 seconds, all the way to a factory claimed 235 km/h top speed. Should you suddenly need to overtake in a hurry while wafting along peacefully, just press the Sport Response Button in the middle of the driving mode knob and you get the full fat, full flavor and excitement instantly, then easily settle back into a relaxed pace. Sounds gimmicky, but in reality, very neat party trick to have.

As with any Porsche, the extensive options list is mouth watering: part of the 2022 update sees new design wheels of up to 21 inches in size available, carbide coated brakes, special leather interior packages, a more upscale infotainment surround sound system, carbon fibre trim, and even Porsche’s highly exclusive PTS or Paint-To-Sample program (any custom color you want for your Porsche) are all available. Just be ready to pay the price.

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The Macan is really great. There’s nothing basic or entry level about Porsche’s most affordable model, especially not its build quality, reliability and performance. It’s the perfect Porsche for those who want to experience the brand but has to make do with more mundane stuff like adulting.

I’ll gladly have mine in Carmine Red please. Drop by Porsche Centre Philippines in Greenhills, Bonifacio Global City, Alabang or Cebu City to check-out the 2022 Macan and schedule a test drive.