Porsche officials have confirmed that the next-generation Panamera will make its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in late September.
We have already seen plenty of spy photos showing the new Panamera, including a new shooting brake variant, and now we know that later this year we will see the production version.
An all-new modular architecture is being introduced with the new Panamera that will help the car lose weight and be more fuel efficient. While a V8 powertain is still expected to be offered, a plug-in hybrid and possibly even a full electric version of the new Panamera are said to be in the works.
The Panamera has slowly become the slowest selling Porsche model, but it remains popular in China where executives want a practical alternative to the 911 sports car. The new Panamera is expected to offer a shooting brake variant that will further enhance its practicality, while a coupe has also been rumored to join the lineup. It has been rumoured that the shooting brake model won’t be sold in North America.
Inside, the new Panamera is expected to sport significantly fewer buttons on the center console. The buttons give way to sleek-looking touch-sensitive units, while traditional large Porsche gauges will remain. There’s also a center touchscreen, helping further eliminate the wall of buttons the Panamera is often criticized for.
The new Panamera will go on sale in the U.S. in 2017, while it will European markets first, just after its debut in September of 2016.
[Source: Automotive News]
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