With the Macan GTS on the horizon, Porsche has announced that it’s upgraded the small SUV. The new enhancements aim to make the vehicle more comfortable and upgrade the infotainment features to satisfy customers who like to always be connected.
Standard on all new Macans is the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). It was first introduced on the 911, providing a mobile WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone integration real-time route navigation in 3D and more user-friendly menus. A seven-inch touchscreen with a proximity sensor can be controlled using the same kinds of gestures people are familiar with on smartphones. The technology makes the vehicle more livable for everyday use, because there’s nothing worse than a crummy infotainment system.
By selecting the optional Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) buyer can add LED lights to the Macan, replacing the standard bi-xenon units. According to Porsche, the beam that comes from the lights is close to the same color as daylight, which makes it considerably easier to see on dark highways and country roads. The scope of the beam changes when cornering or approaching an intersection, which is an interesting safety feature.
New packages are being offered for the Macan Turbo, with heavy inspiration from the new GTS. One of the many treats that will be available are 21-inch wheels with the same design as the 911 Turbo, plus a bi-color treatment. The SUV can also be outfitted with high-gloss black side blades, rear underbody panel, air inlets and more. Smoke taillight lenses also help give the Turbo a more sinister appearance, which many shoppers will likely love. Among the interior treatments is Alcantara trim, illuminated door sill plates and contrast stitching in Garnet Red or Rhodium Silver.
These new changes to the Macan lineup are being launched first in Germany. No firm timetable for bringing them to the North American market have been released yet, but it shouldn’t be too long before they migrate over this way.