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Porsche shines light on the updated 2019 Macan

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Detlev von Platen, sales and marketing executive for Porsche, introduces the new Macan in Shanghai
Detlev von Platen, sales and marketing executive for Porsche, introduces the new Macan in Shanghai
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Detlev von Platen, sales and marketing executive for Porsche, introduces the new Macan in Shanghai
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Detlev von Platen, sales and marketing executive for Porsche, introduces the new Macan in Shanghai
Porsche aimed for a three-dimensional design with the Macan’s lighting and offers an upgrade to the Porsche Dynamic Lighting System Plus
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Porsche aimed for a three-dimensional design with the Macan’s lighting and offers an upgrade to the Porsche Dynamic Lighting System Plus
LED lighting on the new Macan is now standard, including headlights
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LED lighting on the new Macan is now standard, including headlights
The mixed tire sizes on the Macan can be seen here, with larger tires at the rear like a sports car
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The mixed tire sizes on the Macan can be seen here, with larger tires at the rear like a sports car
The Macan's new "3D light bar" is noted in this photo of the SUV's rear 
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The Macan's new "3D light bar" is noted in this photo of the SUV's rear 
New exterior color options for the Macan such as “Miami Blue” add more flair to its look
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New exterior color options for the Macan such as “Miami Blue” add more flair to its look
New tires developed for the Macan offer better road grip during dynamic driving
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New tires developed for the Macan offer better road grip during dynamic driving
Porsche has added several new options for the Macan, to include elements from the 911 sports car and more driver-assist and semi-automated technologies
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Porsche has added several new options for the Macan, to include elements from the 911 sports car and more driver-assist and semi-automated technologies
Porsche has added is Traffic Jam Assist with adaptive cruise control for lower-speed, stop-and-go driving situations
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Porsche has added is Traffic Jam Assist with adaptive cruise control for lower-speed, stop-and-go driving situations
Comfort items such as a heated windscreen and an air ionizer for the climate system improve the interior experience of the Macan
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Comfort items such as a heated windscreen and an air ionizer for the climate system improve the interior experience of the Macan
Porsche redesigned the center stack of the Macan to accommodate the 11-inch touchscreen, but retains the "flight deck" appearance of the lower console
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Porsche redesigned the center stack of the Macan to accommodate the 11-inch touchscreen, but retains the "flight deck" appearance of the lower console
A new GT steering wheel from the 911 an a larger infotainment screen from the Panamera are seen in the new Macan
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A new GT steering wheel from the 911 an a larger infotainment screen from the Panamera are seen in the new Macan
Slight changes to its stance and bodywork give it a slightly lower, wider, and faster-paced look
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Slight changes to its stance and bodywork give it a slightly lower, wider, and faster-paced look
The Macan recently underwent high-altitude training in South Africa
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The Macan recently underwent high-altitude training in South Africa
The South African training included off-pavement testing
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The South African training included off-pavement testing
The high-altitude testing for the Macan included partially-developed roadways and developed pavement
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The high-altitude testing for the Macan included partially-developed roadways and developed pavement
The proving included several light and mid-level off-pavement action for the Macan
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The proving included several light and mid-level off-pavement action for the Macan
Suspension and chassis of the Macan were pushed during the high-altitude testing in South Africa
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Suspension and chassis of the Macan were pushed during the high-altitude testing in South Africa
Undeveloped roadways like this are not what most would think the Porsche Macan would be built for
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Undeveloped roadways like this are not what most would think the Porsche Macan would be built for
The Macan sees some stretch during high-altitude testing in South Africa
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The Macan sees some stretch during high-altitude testing in South Africa
Vistas atop a mountain in South Africa were the reward for tests undertaken for the Macan there
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Vistas atop a mountain in South Africa were the reward for tests undertaken for the Macan there
The altitude testing in South Africa included on-road elements at speed
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The altitude testing in South Africa included on-road elements at speed
Chinese press swarm the new Macan upon its unveil in Shanghai
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Chinese press swarm the new Macan upon its unveil in Shanghai
Shown in its Chinese variant in Shanghai, updates to the new Macan will proliferate globally in the coming months
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Shown in its Chinese variant in Shanghai, updates to the new Macan will proliferate globally in the coming months
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Porsche has unveiled a newly refreshed Macan in Shanghai, featuring new exterior design elements and an upgraded interior. This is the most significant refresh for the Macan since its introduction in 2014, and brings several new technology pieces to the SUV.

On the outside, the new Porsche Macan doesn't change much in terms of design. Slight changes to its stance and bodywork give it a slightly lower, wider, and faster-paced look. Details such as the four-point rear tail lamps and the now-standard LED headlamps are seen in this new Macan. Porsche aimed for a three-dimensional design with the Macan's lighting, and offers an upgrade to the Porsche Dynamic Lighting System Plus, which allows adaptive control of the light distribution for the Macan's exterior.

Porsche has added several new options for the Macan, to include elements from the 911 sports car and more driver-assist and semi-automated technologies. The former comes with an optional GT sports steering wheel with an integrated Sport Response Button with the optional Sports Chrono Package, allowing more driver control of the Macan's systems.

New exterior color options for the Macan such as “Miami Blue” add more flair to its look
New exterior color options for the Macan such as “Miami Blue” add more flair to its look

Comfort items such as a heated windscreen and an air ionizer for the climate system improve the interior experience. These combine with new driver-assist and comfort technologies available for the Macan. One of those is Traffic Jam Assist with adaptive cruise control for lower-speed, stop-and-go driving situations, including lane-centering steering assistance in traffic jams. This system works at speeds up to about 37 mph (60 km/h).

Porsche has also upgraded infotainment in the new Macan refresh, adding an 11-inch touchscreen with a new Porsche Communications Management interface. The full-HD screen was formerly only 7 inches wide, meaning a redesign of the center stack was required to accommodate the new, much larger screen. This new system will be familiar to those who've seen PCM in the Panamera or Cayenne models.

Also upgraded in the Porsche Macan are underlying technologies that work behind the scenes to improve forefront technologies users are interfacing with. The Macan is now fully networked as standard, includes intelligent voice control, and pulls real-time traffic information for the navigation system. Swarm-based traffic data is pulled from the "Here Cloud" and a new Offroad Precision App allows users to record and analyze off-road driving experiences in the new Macan.

A new GT steering wheel from the 911 an a larger infotainment screen from the Panamera are seen in the new Macan
A new GT steering wheel from the 911 an a larger infotainment screen from the Panamera are seen in the new Macan

Porsche has also commissioned newly-developed tires for improved driving dynamics. These are on new 20-inch and 21-inch wheels, and the Macan's sports car-like mixed tire widths front and rear remain a hallmark on the SUV.

The new Porsche Macan as introduced in Shanghai will be sold in the Chinese market as shown. Similar improvements and changes will be coming to the Macan SUV in other global markets over the course of this year, Porsche promises.

Source: Porsche

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