Since it first arrival at dealerships, the Porsche Macan has been one of the most desirable compact luxury SUVs. Its second year on the market jammed the Macan S’s price tag even higher. however, this did little to reduce the Macan’s immense appeal and popularity, and a new base model for the 2017 Porsche Macan is nevertheless a welcome addition to the category.
With performance ability that still positions it ahead of its four-cylinder-powered competition, the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 xDrive 28i and Mercedes-Benz GLC300, the new base Macan still delivers the sort of compelling performance that we’ve come to appreciate.
Porsche has not yet given a full standard features list for the base Macan, so we cant tell how it compares to the somewhat disappointingly built Macan S (xenon headlights, eight-way power seats and the next-generation touchscreen tech interface have been referred to as common features), but we expect feature content to be similar.
Whatever the case, the price difference is $47,500 for the new base Macan versus $54,400 for the Macan S. Considering that when it was brought in, the Macan S cost around $49,000 with virtually the same options, making it seem like its value proposition has decreased.
The base Macan is not the only new model for 2017, though, as the Macan GTS also queues in the lineup. Like other GTS Porsche models, it adds more power to the S model while bolstering it with sport-tuned chassis upgrades and special styling elements. It slots beneath the range-topping Macan Turbo.
In all, the Porsche Macan lineup gets better and more appealing for 2017. We certainly welcome the cheaper base model, however given that the Macan S was once barely more expensive, it’s hard not to think potential customers are being slightly bamboozled.
The new-for-2017 base Macan is propelled by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. As with other Macan model, all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission known as PDK land standard.
Porsche think that it will go from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, which would be a second off the pace of the 340-hp Macan S, however still quicker than its four-cylinder contemporaries .
The new for-2017 Macan GTS gets a massaged version of the Macan S’s 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, sending 360 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Porsche feels it will hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package and its launch control functionality.
it is expected that the base Macan will come equipped with the same features that is available standard on the 2016 Macan S. In other words, you’ll need to pay for numerous options to get the Macan close to the kind of equipment its rivals provide for less money. Porsche’s revised-for-2017 PCM touchscreen interface is a welcome addition and improvement, though, bringing with it improved functionality and standard Apple CarPlay.
The Macan GTS, bolsters the Macan S’s performance credentials with 20-inch black wheels, bigger brakes, a lowered ride height, a more aggressively tuned adjustable air suspension and quad exhaust tips. Special sport seats and simulated suede upholstery are interior highlights. Plenty of blacked-out exterior option and carbon-fiber “side blades” will help differentiate the GTS from other Macan models.
Cost and Availability
The Macan GTS is already out on sale, or available to order, with a starting price of $67,200. It is expected that the base Macan to be available later in the year with a starting price of $47,500.