PORSCHE REASSERTS THEIR SOLID FOOTHOLD IN THE LUXURY SUV SEGMENT WITH THE NEW AND IMPROVED 2022 MACAN RANGE.
In 1948, an unknown visionary named Ferdinand Porsche began producing the first of his creations, the Porsche 356. Employing a mere 200 workers and producing only 52 cars in a humble garage, he couldn’t have known at the time just how legendary his label would soon become. Today, Porsche is recognised as one of the most successful motor vehicle manufacturers on the planet and their logo has become synonymous with both luxury and high performance.
Amongst Porsche’s vast array of superior offerings is the celebrated Macan range. First unveiled in 2014, the Macan has not only enjoyed commercial success but has received an array of accolades from within the industry for its outstanding design. Now, in 2022, Porsche have recently unveiled their latest generation Macan range and OHLALA was fortunate enough to receive an invitation from Porsche Centre Bahrain to test drive this latest import.
The 2022 Porsche Macan is a five-door luxury crossover SUV whose very presence made us ache with longing to get behind the wheel. The superlative designers of this deluxe vehicle have created a sporty, robust and refined machine that looks fantastic whether on the roads or parked in a garage. The visual components have been sharpened, ensuring it is even more striking than its predecessor. The nose has been redesigned and now features an inlay in the exterior colour, emphasising the Macan’s breadth and adding to its imposing presence. This fetching feature is complemented by the new body coloured air intakes that lead the eye towards the flowing lines of the flanks. The side blades now include a 3D structured element, whilst the 21-inch alloy wheels hint at the vehicle’s on-road intentions. The back end has been rounded off towards the road by a prominent and technically designed diffuser that sits perfectly above the twin trapezoidal tailpipes. All-in-all, the exterior is a true testament to the superior skills of the Porsche Macan design team.
“The 2022 Porsche Macan is a five-door luxury crossover SUV whose very presence made us ache with longing to get behind the wheel.”
As far as the noticeably enhanced interior is concerned, we could easily go on about Porsche’s use of exquisite materials throughout the vehicle, the intricate attention to every detail, the perfectly designed and positioned steering wheel, the elegant structure of the new centre console, the impressive ergonomic layout of all buttons, dials and features as well as the adjustable, supportive and uber comfortable front seats but, in truth, it was the infotainment system that held our attention. This system is one of the most responsive and user-friendly setups we have experienced. The remarkable resolution of the 10.9-inch full HD touch display is crystal clear and we could always see the screen perfectly, even during the midday sun. This responsive and practical system allowed us easy access to all the vehicle’s features and functions, helping to fully immerse us in the 2022 Macan experience. This infotainment arrangement also provides wireless compatibility with Apple CarPlay, superior navigation and an impressive 10-speaker sound system.
Finally, it was time for the tarmac! Needless to say, we were exceptionally keen to get this beauty out onto the roads to see what she could do. The latest generation Macan houses a newly developed, turbocharged, fourcylinder engine that produces 195kW of power. This combined with the seven-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive system, enables this model to power from 0-100km/h in a respectable 6.2 seconds and to reach a top speed of 232km/h. We could immediately feel the superior performance of this latest model over the last generation. The acceleration is far more responsive and the drive quality is much smoother thanks to the sport air suspension. Other notable features include the car’s superb Drivetrain Traction Control, as well as the ABS braking system that allows the driver to safely navigate through the trickiest of conditions. Importantly, Porsche have also managed to successfully reduce the Macan’s CO2 footprint.
Always keeping the wellbeing of you and your loved ones at the forefront of their creations, Porsche have included a multitude of both safety and performance features in the new Macan. These include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), cruise control, lane departure warning, hill control, a tyre pressure warning system, lane departure warning, outboard front lap and shoulder safety belts, ParkAssist with front and rear parking sensors, a back-up camera, side impact beams, airbags throughout the vehicle and so much more.
After an exceptional 2022 Macan experience, we can only encourage all of you out there looking for a superior, luxury SUV to try it for yourselves.