Development of a successor for the ageing Porsche Panamera is well underway. Here are some spy shots of the car.
The inside has an updated touch screen infotainment system. The centre console also loses its long array for buttons and becomes touch sensitive. The new Panamera also gets the new generation Porsche steering wheel. The instrument cluster on the other hand still has the typical Porsche analogue guages.
In terms of looks, it's similar to the 2012’s Panamera Sport Turismo concept. The shape won’t drastically change, but the new car should appear sleeker and modern. The new platform is the Modular Standard Platform, or MSB when derived from its German title “Modularer Standardantrieb-Baukasten". This is a similar platform to the one which will be used for Bentley’s next Continental range and the next Porsche 911.
The mix of materials such as high-strength steel, aluminium and even some composites, will see that the new Panamera is lighter and stiffer than the current model. Weight savings could be as high as 100 kg, depending on the variant.
The engine options for the Panamera will most likely remain the same, but they will be tuned for higher fuel efficiency. The top-spec Panamera Turbo will still be powered by its massive v8 power plant. The plug-in hybrid model will continue to be sold, but with improved battery technology helping to lower weight and increase capacity.
The new Panamera will most likely be sold as a 2017 model and will take on the Maserati Quattroporte and the Aston Martin Rapide in India.
Porsche India has also introduced its first offering for 2016 with the launch of a special edition of the Panamera. Read more about that here.