The current Panamera has been on the market for little over six years so it is starting to lose ground against its newer competitors. Porsche knew this would happen so they planned an all new model to be released in March 2016 at the Geneva Auto Show. The new car will have little in common with the ongoing model and it will be the first car from Porsche to be based on the all new MSB II platform. This will save the car a lot of weight when compared to the previous model and it will also allow Porsche to build a more structurally rigid car.
2017 Porsche Panamera Price
While the details of the 2017 Porsche Panamera have not been released to the public just yet, it is safe to assume that the full size sedan will lose at least 200 pounds of weight while a high performance version could weigh up to 400 pounds less. The price will likely be similar to that of the current model which means it could start at roughly $80,000 while its high performance versions will go to as far as $170,000 without any additional extras.
2017 Porsche Panamera Design
The design of the car will also change quite a bit over that of the current model which has not been regarded as the best looking car in its class. In fact, many people hated the way it looked because the car was just too big. The new model will keep its dimensions unchanged but the look of the car will be something completely different. The test mule which has been spied some time ago had installed a massive active rear wing as well as a slightly wider track than the previous car. It was also a bit lower than before which could suggest that the 2017 Porsche Panamera will borrow from the design of the Sport Turismo concept car or even from that of the Mission E electric model.
Inside the cabin, the new 2017 Porsche Panamera will keep its Porsche heritage unchanged but it will come with a few updates. Firstly, the dashboard will now offer a bit less buttons and a more logical layout which should improve the ease of use. On top of that, the car will also get a new steering wheel and a choice between five and four seats. The latter could only be offered for the long wheelbase model in order to offer a business class experience for its occupants.
2017 Porsche Panamera Engine
Under the hood of the 2017 Porsche Panamera there are going to be quite a few new engines as well as some old ones. The base model could finally get rid of the current 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 in the favor of a smaller and equally powerful turbocharged mill. The most probable contestant here is a newly developed 3 liter V6 unit which could offer up to 340 horsepower and more than 330 lb-ft of torque. Further up the range, the hybrid will likely retain its 3 liter supercharged V6 but it will get a boost in output from both the petrol engine and from the more efficient electric mill. The total output for this particular model could reach m ore than 450 horsepower, all while offering up to 500 lb-ft of torque and an estimated fuel consumption of more than 40 MPG on average!
The top of the range models will both get rid of the current 4.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 which dates back in the early 2000s. In its place Porsche may resort to the 4 liter twin-turbo V8 mill from Audi but with Porsche-specific parts. This engine could provide more than 650 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque in the top trim level and it could be up to 20% more efficient than the older unit. A new gearbox is going to be in order for all engines and the car will get a standard all wheel drive system in the US while in Europe, a base model with rear wheel drive may be offered as well.