This ‘new’ Macan is actually the old Macan with some minor cosmetic upgrades, by far the most important being a more modern look to the interior, with far fewer buttons. Yet if you read the brochure you’ll see that its engine has been given another 60bhp – surely that is significant?
Well, yes and no. Call it by its Macan GTS name, it’s a genuinely big deal. But actually what you’re looking at here is a car priced and powered like the previous Macan Turbo – dropped from the range – wearing GTS badging.
How so? Because the next Macan Turbo is over a year away and, like the Taycan Turbo, won’t be turbocharged at all. It won’t even have an engine, but electric motors. So this facelift of a car that’s already been facelifted (and was itself based on the platform of the previous generation Audi Q5 which launched over a dozen years ago) is what is required to tide the Macan over until the genuinely all-new electric Macan arrives. After which the two cars will be sold side by side presumably for as long as demand for the petrol-powered model remains. A base-spec Macan with 20bhp extra is included in the range but the Macan S is dropped.