Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) has just unveiled the new 2022 Porsche Macan facelift here in Malaysia. This is the first-generation model’s second facelift exercise, which was unveiled globally in July this year; the first facelift was launched back in 2019.
Porsche’s compact SUV will be offered in three variants here in Malaysia – the base-model Macan, Macan S, and Macan GTS – with prices ranging from RM433k to RM786k, without options of course.
Visual changes on this facelift exercise is considerably mild, with most changes restricted to just the bumpers. Up front, the bumper receives a new body-coloured inlay (black on GTS) to emphasise the car’s visual width, alongside redesigned corner fins, which also houses the new slim-style LED daytime-running lights.
Speaking of lighting, the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) units are now standard equipment across the range, as are the Sport Design side mirrors with the unique V-shaped stalks.
Moving over to the rear, the Macan also receives a reworked bumper with a more prominent rear diffuser element, while the side blades on the doors also get a new three-dimensional design.
The standard wheel sizes have also been increased across the board, starting with 19-inches on the base Macan, 20- on the Macan S, and 21-inch items on the Macan GTS – although, of course, these can all be swapped around and changed when you put down your order.
The new 2022 Macan can be ordered in 14 different colours as part of the standard palette, including the new Papaya Metallic (pictured) and Gentian Blue Metallic, alongside a Python Green that’s exclusively for the Macan GTS.
But of course, you’ll also be able to choose from a wide range of available special colours, or utilise Porsche’s Paint to Sample programme if you’re looking for something really specific that’s not readily available in any of the company’s colour palettes.
While the engines options, seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, and Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive system on the Porsche Macan remain unchanged from before, they’ve all been reworked with mechanical updates for better performance across the board.
As a result, the 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four engine in the base Macan now makes 265 hp (+13 hp) and 400 Nm (+30 Nm), and does the century sprint in 6.2 seconds (-0.5s) onward to a top speed of 232 km/h (+7 km/h).
The 380 hp and 520 Nm 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine that was previously serving the pre-facelift GTS has now been moved down to the more “street-friendly” Macan S, giving it a boost of 26 hp and 40 Nm. 0-100 km/h on the new 2022 Porsche Macan S now takes 4.6 seconds (-0.5s), and top speed has also been raised slightly to 259 km/h (+5 km/h).
As for the Macan GTS, the same 2.9-litre V6 mill now outputs a whopping 440 hp (+60 hp) and 550 Nm (+30 Nm), dropping the century sprint time down to just 4.3 seconds (-0.4s), while top speed is bumped up by a massive 11 km/h to now 272 km/h.
All of the acceleration times are with the optional Sport Chrono package equipped; all variants take an additional 0.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h if not equipped.
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) dampers are standard on all variants of the new 2022 Macan range, and have been further optimised for greater feedback and responsiveness. The new Macan GTS meanwhile gets air suspension as standard, which is said to be 10% stiffer at the front and 15% at the rear, and drops overall ride height by 10 mm.
The 2022 Porsche Macan is updated with a new centre console in the cabin, which jettisons almost all physical buttons and knobs for a flat panel with touch-sensitive “buttons”, similar to other newer models in Porsche’s line-up.
The new centre console also features a more modern looking (and smaller) gear-shift lever, alongside a new, larger stowage space right above the Macan trim piece.
Other changes on the inside include a new GT Sport steering wheel taken from the 911, alongside a new bank of touch-sensitive controls and dials for the climate control, as well as reworked air-conditioning vents.
The 10.9-inch touchscreen Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment remains unchanged from before, while the redesigned analogue clock above the dashboard is now standard equipment across the board.
The 2022 Porsche Macan in Malaysia starts at RM433,154 for the Macan, RM623,593 for the Macan S, and RM786,232 for the Macan GTS – all prices inclusive of taxes and duties, but excludes on-the-road fees, any options, and insurance.
Also included in the price is a two-year unlimited-mileage factory warranty, alongside a two-year free service programme. The Macan and Macan S also comes as standard with the Premium Package, which includes additional creature comfort niceties such as 14-way electric comfort seats, Power Steering Plus, Park Assist (with surround view), automatic dimming mirrors, and a Bose surround sound system.