Porsche is set to release a new Panamera. According to credible reports, the new model is based on the new Modular Standard Platform. This platform will also underpin the upcoming 2018 Bentley Continental GT as well as the Flying Spur. The MSB platform will result in a lighter 2017 Porsche Panamera. The platform utilizes high-strength steel on the structure and aluminum and other composites on its body panels.
The new model has also received a host of exterior upgrades that make it look more stylish. In addition, the cabin has also been refined to look more luxurious, comfortable and convenient. Read along for more information:
2017 Porsche Panamera Exterior
The exterior profile of the Porsche Panamera has been upgraded to look more stylish and modern. Porsche has increased its dimensions slightly. The model is now 1.34 inches longer, 0.23 inches wider and 0.19 inches taller. Its wheelbase has also been expanded by 1.2 inches. The automaker has also added flared arches which enhance its stance. The flared arches also come in handy when you opt for the 21-inch optional alloy wheels. Overall, the new exterior profile looks sportier.
At the front, the model features a lower snout which looks similar to the one on the 911. The lower grille features a new design. The headlights design has also been refined. The air dam is slightly wider while turn signals have been integrated into the corner inlets.
The doors have been redesigned and feature prominent creases. The fender vent looks more open compared to the outgoing model. There is a revised quarter window. The new window is mounted on the C-pillar unlike in the outgoing model where it was integrated with the door.
At the rear, the new Panamera features a larger hatch which has altered how the rear fascia looks. The rear bumper and taillights are adopted from the 911. The taillights are joined by a transparent red-colored stripe.
2017 Porsche Panamera Interior
The cabin will be pampered with luxurious features. The new Porsche Advanced Cockpit which features touch-sensitive surfaces will be offered. The system comes with high resolution screen displays. Two 7-inch screens display the vehicle’s instruments. A 12.3-inch touch-screen mounted on the center of the dash hosts the Porsche Communication Management system and connectivity functions.
The doors feature larger storage areas while the center console feature two cup holders rather than a single one in the previous model; this means you can now bring an extra drink for your partner.
The Panamera will accommodate 4 passengers. Headroom and legroom is sufficient. The model also comes with a bigger cargo space.
Engine Specs and performance
Since the new Panamera is based on a revised MSB platform, the automaker had to use new engines to go with this platform. Two gasoline engines and a diesel engine are available though the later won’t be offered in North America.
The base engine that will power the Panamera 4S is a twin-turbocharged 2.9 L, V-6 engine good for 440 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. This engine powers the Panamera to accelerate to 60 mph from standstill in 4.4 seconds, adding a Sport Chrono Package cuts the time to 4.2 seconds. The engine is expected to return 29 mpg on combined drives.
In some markets, the 4S will be sold with a diesel engine which produces 422 horses and 627 lb-ft of torque. The diesel engine returns 35.1 mpg on combined drives. The model has a top speed of 179 mph.
The Panamera Turbo trim is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0 L, V-8 engine rated at 550 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque. This model bolts to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds, adding a Sport Chrono Package gets you to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds which makes the Panamera Turbo the fastest luxury sedan in the world. The Panamera Turbo has a top speed of 190 mph. The engine delivers a fuel economy of 25.29 mpg on combined drives.
All the engines will be paired with an 8-speed PDK transmission system which sends power to a permanent all-wheel-drive system.
Price and release date
Porsche has already opened its order books for the 2017 Porsche Panamera. The models will be delivered to dealerships in early November.
As for the price, the Panamera 4S will start at $99,900 exclusive of destination charges and taxes while the Panamera Turbo will set you back $146,900 still exclusive of taxes and destination charges. Shortly after releasing the sedan, Porsche will follow it up with the station-wagon version which was previewed by the Sport Turismo concept.