IN THIS era of sustainable mobility, one in which the automotive world seems obsessed with electrified motor vehicles, the notion of an exclusively ICE-powered functionality-oriented medium SUV may perhaps seem to be a little bit tone-deaf, if not downright passé. One could however make a organization scenario for asphalt-shredding massive SUVs, which will be bought by affluent consumers irrespective of what we may perhaps assume of them or their vehicular options, but, under that, most likely not.
As an increasing variety of makers introduce sportily styled, crossover-flavoured petrol-electric and (quick) battery-electric contenders into the higher-stop of the medium SUV segment, the 3-derivative Porsche Macan, with its line-up of 2.-litre four-cylinder and 2.9-litre V6 turbo-petrol powerplants, seems a bit, very well, stale. The Macan may perhaps be Porsche Australia’s major-providing design, but it’s however seven yrs old, inspite of going through its 2nd facelift.
Porsche, it demands to be stated, has electrified derivatives in its complete line-up, apart from its sportscars – and the Macan array. Nevertheless, the Zuffenhausen-dependent brand is getting ready to unveil a battery-electric Macan (dependent on Porsche’s Quality Platform Electric architecture) in the close to future, and that merchandise will be made available in conjunction with these ICE-dependent versions of the present design in a couple years’ time (however a whilst absent for the Australian market place). This revised line-up, as a result, will tide Porsche above until finally that transpires.
“Tide over” may not be entirely acceptable, even though, since the facelifted version of the Porsche’s medium SUV, replete with beauty, gear and functionality upgrades, offers anything fairly obvious that a lot of of its rivals no more time do – inherent sportiness.