The Tokyo Motor Show of 2015 was proud to reveal the new Porsche Macan GTS to the world. Morevoer, Porsche unveiled the 2016MY Macan. The infotainment features were improved and the car just got a whole lot more comfortable too.
Macan has copied the 911’s Porsche Communication Management system (PCM). This means it’s easy to operate, has integrated Wi-Fi hotspot and navigates in real time. Connectivity is better and the software is so straightforward that your grandmother could use it! A new seven inch touch screen comes as standard in all Macan models in the centre piece of the infotainment system. Its high resolution and the operating system make you feel like you are using a smart phone.
It’s easy to use and it gets straight to the point. The proximity sensor detects commands and automatically displays a menu of options. Operations are selected by multi touch gestures. The PCM can be fully integrated with your smart phone and storage media through Bluetooth, SD interfaces and USB port. A neat new feature in Macan SUV models is that there are three ways to connect your devices. The Connect module has a compartment in the central armrest for smart phones to charge batteries, a feature that saves battery life and boosts signal and reception.
Meanwhile, iPhone users can opt for the AppleCar Play mode complete with Siri Voice Control through the PCM. The familiar and ever popular Porsche Car Connect is available in the Connect module. Want high resolution that makes it easy to read map displays? Then take the Navigation Module option which has an impressive new generation 3D map in specified areas. The system can be operated through voice control for hands free assistance.
Expanding the range of connectivity options is the Connect Plus module. It links Google services and provides real time traffic information, making it one of the most impressive vehicles on the market for integrating devices. Options on the Sports and SUV Macan include full LED headlights. When using these headlights with the Dynamic Light System Pulse (PDLS Plus), they illuminate in a colour similar to daylight for improved visibility whilst at the same time being more energy efficient.
Using a camera based dynamic main beam function, the light and range automatically adjust to the existing light conditions at the time. Using navigation data from the PCM, the intersection light has an additional lamp unit to provide the best front facing illumination. The familiar four-point Porsche lighting has a daytime feature for continuous visibility. The lighting looks impressive as the head lights use dark inserts and have four silver anodised LEDs.
The chrome trim emphasises the black main projector, creating a striking 3D feature. Gone are the bi-xenon headlights, round projection lens and auxiliary lamps, the vehicle now has LEDs with centrally arranged projection model for main beam and dipped head lighting. Further features such as cornering and intersection lights allow for coverage of almost every angle. It’s now a lot more comfortable with an improved sporty feel.
There is more direct handling and road contact because of a reengineered steering controller. The Macan Turbo has options to extend the interior and exterior so you can really get that bespoke feel. Taking inspiration from the GTS models, the Macan Turbo packages offer a greater sporty feel. With 21 inch wheels in 911 Turbo design decked in a two colour design and a range of design elements for the body available, the Turbo can be personalised to driver specification.
The door mirrors have a sport design and the wheel hubs are embossed with the Porsche crest and accentuating features. The air inlets, side blades, window trim strips and rear underbody panel have a high gloss decoration. The sports exhaust systems have black tailpipes which complement the Sport Design colour scheme. The rear apron has been lowered and the top models come with smoked rear lights. Luxuriant Alcantara trim is used inside, which is in keeping with the GTS style.
The contrast stitching is striking in Rhodium Silver or Garnet red, adding to the sporting feel and making the instrument panel more stylish. Alcantara adorns the centre panels of the arm rest, seats, door panels and centre console. Contrasting lettering is stitched into the headrest, identifying its Turbo feature.
The eye is quickly drawn to the illuminated carbon door sill plates which highlight the SUV’s 400 hp performance. Both packages are independently striking but both capture a sporting prowess and feeling of uniqueness. The Macan is also now offered in more exterior paint colours, not seen before.
Customers can opt for contrasting colour and stitching on the centre seat panels. If you want to feel the peak of luxury, then select the Alcantara trimmed steering wheel with winter heating option for improved comfort, grip and control.
The new Porsche Macans will be available at the beginning of 2016. Or order now from Germany with country-specific equipment at the following cost: Macan S 61,143 euros; Macan S Diesel 60,548 euros; Macan GTS 73,400 euros; Macan Turbo 83,753 euros.