A new Porsche Macan has made its global debut in Shanghai but having first been launched in 2014, it’s a bit early for a full generation change so this is essentially an update in many areas. Significant enhancements are said to be found in the design, comfort, connectivity and driving dynamics.

Thanks to a number of conscious changes to the exterior, the latest version has an even sportier and more modern look. Numerous details reflect the DNA of the iconic 911 sportscar and the 918 Spyder.

In particular, lighting plays a key role and there are now headlights featuring LED technology as standard. This advanced lighting system has modules with a three-dimensional design can be further optimised if desired. The Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus can be used to adaptively control the light distribution.

The front end has been restyled so that it now appears even wider, while the comprehensive overhaul at the rear builds on the sleek design of the predecessor model. The large 3-part, 3-dimensional LED light strip represents another typical Porsche design element at the rear, along with the four-point design of the brake lights also reflects the brand’s identity.

The link to the 911 is consolidated in the interior of the new Macan with the optional GT sports steering wheel. The mode switch plus Sport Response Button integrated into the steering wheel is also showcased in the SUV as part of the optional Sports Chrono Package. The list of comfort options has been extended to include a heated windscreen and an ioniser to improve the air quality in the cabin.

Through the new Porsche Communication Management, the Macan offers numerous digital functions. Above the typical Porsche rising centre console, a full-HD touchscreen enlarged from 7 to 11 inches has been incorporated seamlessly into the redesigned instrument panel. Just like in the Panamera and Cayenne, the user interface on the infotainment system can be customised using predefined tiles. The air vents have also been redesigned and are now positioned below the central screen.

Mechanically, the updates seem to be minimal as the chassis has already been fairly well optimised. Fine-tuning has enhanced neutrality while maintaining stability and improving comfort. Although unusual for the SUV segment, the Macan still features mixed tyres with different widths on the front and rear axles. As with Porsche sportscars, this arrangement enables the driver to take full advantage of the intelligent, all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management when it comes to driving dynamics.

Newly developed tyres (on new 20-inch and 21-inch wheels) with improved performance characteristics enable even better lateral dynamics for enhanced driving pleasure.

In 4 years, more than 350,000 Macans have been delivered globally, of which over 100,000 units have gone to the China market. The new model shown is said to be exclusively for the Chinese market with other versions for other countries to follow later in the year.

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