Johannesburg - Porsche is getting ready to lift the lid on its facelifted Macan and these pictures show lightly disguised prototypes undergoing altitude and load testing in South Africa.

Porsche will reveal the midlife makeover later this month in China, and although no major details have been released as yet, Porsche says that its smallest SUV has been “significantly enhanced in terms of its design, comfort, connectivity and driving dynamics.”

External design changes include new headlights, front bumper and tail lamps, among other subtle tweaks, while reports abroad indicate that the Macan Turbo will inherit the group’s new 2.9-litre V6 (as fitted to the new Audi RS5), while the Macan S will sport a revised version of its current 3.0 V6.

As mentioned, South Africa formed part of the test programme for the new components, which took place earlier this year, and although the pictures show it in the Magaliesberg region around the Gauteng/North West border, the vehicles also made their way to Lesotho for some ultra-high-altitude testing at heights of up to 3400 meters above sea level.

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