The 2022 Porsche Macan Is Faster, Smarter, Better Looking

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We lost the Turbo trim but who cares? The GTS picks up the slack.

Porsche is continuing the string of updates for its Macan crossover in 2022. As we predicted the Macan Turbo nomenclature is done. The new top model is now the Macan GTS. The lineup drops the 3.0-liter engine for 2022 and gets an updated center console and new interior options. It also gets restyled, slightly, to hold down the stable while the next generation, featuring an EV, gets ramped up for 2023.

We'll start with those engines. As we said the middling, 3.0-liter was dropped. Base Porsche Macan models will start with the company's 2.0-liter turbo-four making 261 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers are 13 hp and 22 lb-ft more than the outgoing model. Porsche says that's good for a 0-60 mph sprint in 5.8 seconds when equipped with the Sport Chrono Package - 0.3 seconds faster than the old one - and a top speed of 144 mph.

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The Macan S and Macan GTS will now both get the company's new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. In the S it will make 375 hp and 383 lb-ft. That's up from 348 hp and 354 lb-ft. Combined with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that is fitted on all models, 0-60 mph will happen in 4.4 seconds with the Sport Chrono Pack. That's a half-second quicker than the outgoing model, and it will go on to hit 160 mph. Porsche Active Suspension Management (the company's adaptive damping) is now standard.

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The top of the range will now be occupied by the Macan GTS (in green), making 434 hp and 406 lb-ft (an increase of 1 lb-ft over the previous Turbo). The GTS can do the 60-mph sprint in 4.1 seconds and top speed grows from 167 mph to 169 mph. It also comes with Porsche's new Surface Coated Brakes, which feature a tungsten carbide layer that Porsche says wears less than iron brakes, and costs less than those insane carbon ceramics. Like the outgoing Turbo, the GTS has a lower ride height than the rest of the range, while the suspension has been stiffened with a change in damper calibration.

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The Macan GTS can ordered with the new GTS Sport Package including the Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, 18-way adaptive sport seats, Sport Design mirrors with caps painted in high-gloss black, front and rear fascia as well as side skirts in satin black and 21-inch GT Design wheels shod with special high-performance tires.

Moving from the heart to the sinew (interior), the new Macan comes with the analog clock as standard, a redesigned center console with haptic touch points and larger storage compartments. It also comes with a new, shorter gear lever and optional 911 steering wheels. A 10.9-inch touchscreen continues with Apple CarPlay. The Macan GTS equipped with Sport Package is characterized by carbon fiber elements, deviated stitching and greater number of Race-Tex interior features.

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And finally we come to the sheetmetal. The changes are light with new integrated air intakes in body color. The rear gets a diffuser that's stretched compared to the previous version and side blades now feature a textured element. Seven new wheel designs are available from 19 to 21 inches. The Macan GTS gets special side skirts, clear LED taillights, a sports exhaust and special wheels.

Lane departure warning is standard, as are parking sensors. Self-steering park assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring lane change assist are optional.

The 2022 Porsche Macan goes on sale early next year starting at $56,250 including destination. The Macan S starts at $66,750 while the GTS comes in at $81,250. The latter two will go on sale next spring.

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