The facelifted SUV could get a new full-length rear light like Panamera Sport Turismo.

We saw a few spy photos of the refreshed Porsche Macan through 2017. The facelift isn’t expected to change the world, but there are some minor tweaks in store for the sporty SUV.

The video at the bottom of the page shows some very slight changes to the headlights and rear lights, along with some possible trim updates to the side. This Macan was captured during a particularly heavy downpour so circumstances weren’t ideal for getting a detailed look, but it’s still noteworthy considering the spry SUV has been on the market for four years now.

What’s interesting about the rear lights is that the Macan could be adopting a connected design as seen on the Panamera Sport Turismo. The video does show an opaque cover spanning the Macan’s entire rear hatch, suggesting such a connection exists beneath. If that’s the case, the revamped rear end would likely mark the biggest update for the car.

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Porsche Macan Facelift Spy Shot
Porsche Macan Facelift Spy Shot

What else do we know about the forthcoming Macan makeover? It will apparently continue to buck the trend for minimalist interior layouts, choosing to literally have rows of buttons on the centre console with traditional gauges behind the steering wheel. It’s a sharp contrast to the digital cockpits found in vehicles from Mercedes-Benz and Audi, where most controls are integrated into complex infotainment systems or accessed by voice control.

As for power, it’s a complete mystery what might accompany the updated look. However, like the minimalist design, Porsche isn’t expected to rock the boat when it comes to engines. Small horsepower upgrades to existing mills are most likely, but don’t get too excited about an ultra-high-performance Macan. Porsche has said that its SUV lineup will remain primarily as luxurious people movers that are fun to drive. Then again, now that Lamborghini has an SUV and is interested in a Nürburgring record, who’s to say what the Macan’s future might hold?

We’ve been speculating for some time as to when the updated SUV will be revealed – it’s possible the new face could show up at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, or Porsche might wait for a debut closer to home – perhaps the Geneva show in March.

Gallery: 2018 Porsche Macan Facelift Spy Photos