The Porsche Macan was first seen in November 2013 and went on sale in the United States in 2014 as 2015 model year car. It was going to be called the Cajun originally, but changed the name to Macan before launch. Originally, Porsche launched the Macan S and the Macan Turbo. The second model year, 2016, didn’t bring many changes to the Macan, aside from three-zone climate control becoming standard. But 2017 gave us a new trim, the Porsche Macan GTS, designed to fit between the two launch models with its 3.0 twin-turbo V6 and slightly more boost pressure than the S. It also had standard PASM adaptive suspension paired with air springs. Porsche added a 2.0L in-line 4-cylinder turbo model as the Macan entry point. All models got Porsche's superb seven-speed PDK and electro-mechanical power steering, a double wishbone front suspension and what Porsche calls a “self tracking trapezoidal link” suspension in the rear. All Macans get six-piston front brake calipers and single-piston floating rear clampers. Those calipers are putting the squeeze on 13.8-inch front rotors on the Macan S and 14.2-inchers on the Macan GTS and Turbo. Rear rotors are 13 inches on the S and GTS, while the Turbo gets the bigger 14-inch rear pizzas.
In July 2018, Porsche unveiled a new facelift for the Macan range in Shanghai. The production started the following month and the Europeans saw it at the Paris Motor Show in September. The 2019 Porsche Macan update includes refreshed exterior styling that includes updated front and rear bumpers, new taillamps that span the width of the liftgate, and new wheel designs. Porsche also gave us another update to for the 2022 model year. While this isn’t a full redesign, the Macan got some notable tweaks to its exterior, interior and mechanicals. Across the 2022 Macan lineup, Porsche gave buyers more powerful engine options compared to 2021 models.
The Macan is the top selling Porsche and looks likely to be the car that defines the company going forward. It outsells all the other models by some margin. While recently Porsche announced the Macan T, the truth is that the biggest change to the Macan is going to be the move to electrification. Prototypes for Porsche's electric Macan have been spotted revealing a number of new design elements bound for the production model and Porsche is expected to give us details in the coming months. The electric Macan will be a 2023 model and we bet it is going to be a cracking car and the choice for Porsche urbanites everywhere.