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Porsche details 2019 Macan, Macan S

by Ronan Glon

The Macan S gets an upgraded engine.

Porsche introduced the 2019 Macan line-up in June of 2018 during an event held in Shanghai, China, but it released no technical details. Six months later, we've learned what changes under the sheet metal and what stays the same.

The entry-level Macan carries on with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Stepping up to the S model brings a new, 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged to deliver 348 horsepower between 5,400 and 6,400 rpm and 354 pound-feet of torque from 1,340 to 4,800 rpm. 

Already used in the Panamera and the Cayenne, the six carries its twin-scroll turbocharger between the cylinder banks for better response. To add context, the 2018 Macan S boasts 340 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque from a different 3.0-liter V6.

Both engines shift through a seven-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is the only configuration available. Porsche claims it improved the Macan's dynamism by replacing some of the steel suspension components with aluminum ones, and by optimizing the traction control system. Torque vectoring is offered at an extra cost.

The mechanical upgrades are complemented by visual tweaks that bring new-look trim to the front end and a light bar out back. Inside, the 2019 Macan gains a new infotainment system displayed on a 10.9-inch touch screen plus an available GT steering wheel borrowed from the parts bin labeled "911."

The 2019 Porsche Macan and Macan S will reach American showrooms next summer. Pricing for the four-cylinder Macan starts at $49,900, while the six-cylinder-powered Macan S commands $58,600. Neither figure includes a mandatory $1,050 destination charge.  

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