The 2017 Porsche Panamera which sports an entirely new styling has made its word premiere. Based on the new Modular Standard Architecture (MSB), the new car adopts a sedan-like silhouette instead of the outgoing car’s estate-like body style.
Many considered the first gen Panamera to be ungainly. Porsche says that it worked to rectify it, down to the very last detail, giving the new model a proportionate look in the process.
The car gets its wheelbase extended by 30 mm and this gave enough room for the designers to play with the proportions. The rear overhang is extended and now features a liftback-style boot lid. The new body style has allowed the roofline to have a coupe-like arch which brings the Panamera closer to the 911 in terms of visual character.
Inside, the new dashboard design eliminates several buttons by replacing them with touch sensitive surfaces. Even the AC vent flaps are electronically adjusted through touch sensitive sliders. The instrument console gets high-res digital display (tachometer is still analog) while the centre console gets a touchscreen Porche Communication Management (PCM) system.
The new Panamera is powered by two petrol engines and, for the first time, a diesel engine. The base motor is a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine which is capable of 440 PS and 550 Nm of torque. The 4.0-litre V8 petrol motor is good for 550 PS and 770 Nm of torque. The 4.0-litre V8 diesel engine belts out 422 PS and 850 Nm of torque.
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The car now looks set to take on the luxury sport sedans like the Maserati Quattraporte and faster variants of the Mercedes S Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8.