2017 Porsche Panamera Teased

  • Jun 08, 2016

Porsche, regardless of whether you love or hate its cars, has undeniably adopted bold design and technology like no other. Porsche purists, who love how the company does things differently, have decried two cars which seem to be 'too different' - the Cayenne and the Panamera. While the Cayenne is one of the largest selling Porsche products ever, purists hate it because it takes away the character of Porsche - which is a sportscar manufacturer. The other 'mistake' is the Panamera, a 4-door luxury performance sedan.

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The Panamera, first introduced in 2009, has never won any beauty contests - form followed function, which inherently made it look lopsided. What the Panamera did do well in was everything else; it is spacious for a car that is so low-slung, it is luxurious and for those who love driving, it is a surprisingly good car that performs and handles like a proper sportscar. While Porsche has improved the looks of the Panamera over the years, the first test mules of the next-gen version began appearing in the wild beginning late 2013.

Now, Porsche has released the first teaser of the 2017 Panamera; it is set to be revealed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October. While the video itself does not feature the new Panamera in it except for fleeting glimpses, the thumbnail used does.

2017 Porsche Panamera Teaser Rear

At first glance, it is clear that the Panamera will follow the company's new design philosophy which was introduced with the new 718-series of cars. The teaser gives us a peek at the rear of the new Panamera; the stubby taillights have been replaced by units which mimic those on the 911 Targa and are connected by a thin strip of light. There is also a hint of the extendable twin-split spoiler seen on the current Panamera Turbo and Turbo S variants.

These design elements had been previewed by the 2012 Panamera Sport Turismo concept. The new Panamera lineup is expected to feature a station-wagon variant too.

The new Panamera is based on Porsche's new MSB platform; this is expected to help the car lose around 100kg of weight and also make it easier for the company to plonk in multiple types of propulsion systems without costly modifications. The turbocharged V6 petrol/diesel and V8 petrol motors along with plug-in hybrid variants are expected to be offered, albeit with improvements. Rear-wheel steering, launch control and sports exhaust will be offered along with an intelligent on-board communication suite centred around a 12-inch infotainment screen More details are awaited, stay tuned to

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