A day after we caught a prototype of the redesigned mid-size Cayenne, we managed to catch a testing model of the 2019 Porsche Macan. However, in contrast to its bigger brother, the popular compact luxury crossover won’t receive a complete redesign but just a mild-mid cycle refresh.
This is not the first testing model we spotted, but this one provides the best view so far. As you can clearly see, the 2019 Macan will feature totally new wheels. More precisely, it’s equipped with five-spoke alloy wheels, so-called Sport Classic which come in a pair with red brakes. Macan’s new front-end styling is embellished with a redesigned bumper and a bit restyled grille, while both headlights and taillights sport Panamera’s graphic. The rear bumper seems to be unchanged, yet it gets exhaust tips from the Performance Package model.
We managed to catch the cab of the 2019 Porsche Macan as well. The compact SUV appears to feature an all-new infotainment display with new controls. Rest of the interior is unchanged for now, yet we expect to see at least new trims for seats when the crossover arrives.
Performance wise, the refreshed model will rely on new engines. More precisely, today’s 3.0- and 3.6-liter turbocharged engines will be replaced with Panamera’s 2.9- and 3.0-liter mills. The smaller six-cylinder option will produce 330 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of twist, while the bigger unit should get a staggering output of 440 hp and 405 pound-feet of twist. Some reports suggest that the producer is reconsidering a new topping model, which will rely on a hybrid drivetrain, but we can’t confirm that information. What we can confirm for sure is that the Macan S Diesel won’t be offered in North America for sure. Moreover, the carmaker will kill all oil-burner options until the 2020 year.
Porsche plans to introduce the bigger Cayenne SUV at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, so there is no place there for the smaller brother. Instead, the refreshed 2019 Porsche Macan will make its official debut early next year, most likely at the 2018 Geneva auto show.