Porsche’s next-gen Panamera has been revealed almost fully, ahead of official unveiling late this year.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Porsche’s 2016 Panamera out and about, but these are by far the most revealing images yet. Ahead of a full unveiling towards the end of the year, the Mercedes CLS rival can be seen in all of its glory.
With its long bonnet and a lower roofline the next Panamera appears more rakish than the current model. From the side it’s definitely more like a four-door coupe than at present, and the back view shows accentuated ‘hips’ styled like the wide-bodied variant of the 911 sports car.
The only parts covered in this prototype are the lights front and rear, hinting at a new development of the trademark four-point LED design seen on the latest 911 and Macan.
Porsche design boss Matthias Muller has previously gone on record as a critic of the current Panamera’s divisive design, saying it “could be better”. This generation has apparently been penned to right that car’s wrongs, and hopefully improve the model’s image.
The Panamera also retains the active rear wing that rises electronically at speed to improve downforce. In previous Nurburgring spyshots it appears larger than before, which could improve its effectiveness.
We’ve also seen images of the interior in disguise, and we’re expecting Porsche to ditch the button-heavy layout that we’ve seen in the 2015 Cayenne and create something similar to the centre console from the 918 Spyder hypercar.
Under the skin, the new Panamera is set to use the VW Group’s new multi-material MSB platform that will also underpin the next-generation Audi A8 and Bentley Continental range. It should be lighter than at present, thanks to aluminium architecture, dipping under the two-tonne barrier for the first time.
All engines will be turbocharged, and will range from smaller-output petrols and diesels (like the firm’s 258bhp 3.0 V6 diesel) to a potent 562bhp bi-turbo V8 from the forthcoming Cayenne Turbo S in the top-spec model. A new version of the plug-in hybrid powertrain will also feature.