IN THIS era of sustainable mobility, one particular in which the automotive world seems obsessed with electrified vehicles, the idea of an solely ICE-driven functionality-oriented medium SUV may perhaps appear a bit tone-deaf, if not downright passé. One particular could continue to make a business case for asphalt-shredding big SUVs, which will be bought by affluent buyers irrespective of what we may perhaps consider of them or their vehicular decisions, but, below that, probably not.
As an increasing amount of companies introduce sportily styled, crossover-flavoured petrol-electric and (fairly swift) battery-electric contenders into the higher-conclusion of the medium SUV section, the three-spinoff Porsche Macan, with its line-up of 2.-litre four-cylinder and 2.nine-litre V6 turbo-petrol powerplants, seems a bit, properly, stale. The Macan may perhaps be Porsche Australia’s leading-providing model, but it is continue to 7 decades previous, regardless of undergoing its second facelift.
Porsche, it desires to be said, delivers electrified derivatives in its whole line-up, apart from its sportscars – and the Macan variety. Nevertheless, the Zuffenhausen-based mostly brand is getting ready to unveil a battery-electric Macan (based mostly on Porsche’s High quality Platform Electrical architecture) in the not-also-distant upcoming, and that item will be supplied in conjunction with these ICE-based mostly variations of the current model in a couple of years’ time (it is continue to a though absent for the Australian industry, though). This revised line-up, therefore, will tide Porsche over till that takes place.
“Tide over” could not be absolutely proper, nevertheless, because the facelifted variation of the Porsche’s medium SUV, replete with cosmetic, tools and functionality upgrades, delivers anything fairly apparent that lots of of its rivals no for a longer time do – inherent sportiness.