2022 Porsche Macan Makes a Grand Finale Before Going Electric

Most consumers believe the Porsche 911—the iconic two-door sports car—to be the German marque’s best-selling vehicle. This assumption is wrong, as the volume model of the automaker is its compact Macan crossover. According to Porsche, more than 137,000 examples of the Macan have been sold since its introduction in 2014, with the sporty and stylish five-passenger vehicle bringing thousands of new customers to the brand. While the 911 may be one of the most respected and recognizable vehicles in the company’s lineup, the four-door Macan is Porsche’s real success story when it comes to sales, having been on the market for relatively few years.

Never a good thing to be left alone, Porsche is considering its 2022 Macan lineup for another significant update – the second notable revitalization since its debut – with refreshed styling inside and out, new power plants, and a Optional Sport package aimed at square driving enthusiasts. It is also worth mentioning that the once range-topping Turbo variant has been dropped, allowing the GTS (Gran Turismo Sport) variant to now wear the dominant crown.

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2022 Porsche Macan GTS in Python Green.  - Credits: Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

2022 Porsche Macan GTS in Python Green. – Credits: Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

A new front fascia with integrated air intakes and front trim in body colour, differentiates the new crossover from last year’s model. And the rear diffuser has been moved upwards to accommodate the changes in the nose. Other cosmetic improvements include Macan’s re-sculpted side blades—the signature trademark—that have been changed to be more dimensional. LED headlights and Sport Design exterior mirrors are now standard. The base 18-inch wheels are gone, being replaced by seven new wheel designs ranging in diameter from 19- to 21-inches.

A new front fascia, along with integrated air intakes, helps differentiate the new crossover from last year's model.  - Credits: Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

A new front fascia, along with integrated air intakes, helps differentiate the new crossover from last year’s model. – Credits: Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

The passenger cabin has been updated with a standard analog clock on the dashboard, a nice contrast to the redesigned center console with flush haptic touch controls. Porsche is celebrated for allowing countless customizations on its vehicles, with the new Macan interior packages allowing for distracting stitching colors, three different seat selections, a handful of trim options, and dozens of exterior color options.

The center console has been redesigned with flush haptic touch controls.  - Credits: Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

The center console has been redesigned with flush haptic touch controls. – Credits: Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

Performance has also improved across the entire lineup. Standard Macan models, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, get bumped to a new turbocharger and other combustion enhancements for 261 hp and 295 ft lbs of torque. And the lightest Macan on offer decelerates from zero to -60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. Macan S models are now equipped with a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 (replacing the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6), which develops 375 hp and 383 ft lbs of torque. The S model will reach 60 mph from a standstill in about 4.4 seconds, which is about half a second faster than its 2021 predecessor.

An analog clock complements the surrounding internal technology.  - Credits: Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

An analog clock complements the surrounding internal technology. – Credits: Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

With the Macan Turbo slated for 2022, Porsche has gifted the GTS model with the retired Turbo’s engine. The Power Plant S is a sturdier version of the 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, but is rated at 434 hp and 405 ft lbs of torque. This allows the GTS to accelerate to the benchmark 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, while its top speed is 169 mph (slightly faster than the 2021 Macan Turbo).

The top-tier Macan GTS is visually differentiated from the rest of the lineup by its 21-inch RS Spider design wheels, Sport Design side skirts, clear taillights and a sport exhaust system. The GTS has a lower ride height, and comes equipped with enthusiast-tuned suspension. To align with the increased performance, the GTS is also equipped with Porsche’s Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB), which promise greater fade resistance and less brake dust than the lower model.

The 2022 Macan GTS is powered by a 434 twin-turbocharged V-6 that makes 434 hp and 405 ft lbs of torque.  - Credits: Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

The 2022 Macan GTS is powered by a 434 twin-turbocharged V-6 that makes 434 hp and 405 ft lbs of torque. – Credits: Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

Drivers seeking maximum performance from the Macan will want to opt for a GTS model with the optional GTS Sport package. In a nutshell, the package bundles cosmetic and performance enhancements including 21-inch GT Design wheels wrapped in ultra-high-performance Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires—the first time Porsche has offered such capable rubber on a factory Macan .

Compared to the mid-sized Porsche Cayenne, which comfortably seats five adults, the compact Macan is much more compact in overall stature and size. But that narrower architecture has an advantage, as the crossover is lighter and offers a more intimate and agile driving experience; One that mimics a sports car – one of the primary reasons owners are concerned about the model.

The optional GTS Sport package includes 21-inch GT Design wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.  - Credits: Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

The optional GTS Sport package includes 21-inch GT Design wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. – Credits: Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

The 2022 updates bring improvements to an already solid package. Underpinning each Macan is an active all-wheel-drive system shared with the 911. Combine the unique rear-biased drivetrain with a rapid-fire seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the Macan is an undeniable joy to drive through Twisty Canyon. Exterior sight is excellent, and it feels “perfectly sized” from the driver’s seat.

While the steering isn’t as communicative as in a true sports car, there is plenty of chassis feedback that enables the driver to feel what the vehicle is doing via “seat of the pants” telemetry. And the track-ready tires in the GTS Sport package provide a remarkable level of grip that most drivers will never really challenge. The net result is a crossover that brings a smile to your face.

Sport design side skirts, clear taillights and sport exhaust system are standard on the GTS variant.  - Credits: Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

Sport design side skirts, clear taillights and sport exhaust system are standard on the GTS variant. – Credits: Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

Photo by Bob Chapman, courtesy of Porsche AG.

This third Macan update is undeniably its last. Porsche has already said that the next Macan, which it will launch in 2023, will be an all-electric iteration. This leaves the 2022 Macon to represent the pinnacle of its combustion existence. While most vehicles end on a flat note and turn away, Porsche’s best-selling, traditionally powered Macan is going to be at the top of its game.

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