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Report: Next Porsche Panamera Is More Stylish, May Gain Coupe Version

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/13/2014 Joseph Capparella
Report: Next Porsche Panamera Is More Stylish, May Gain Coupe Version

After years of constant updates and new versions, the Porsche Panamera sport sedan will get a full overhaul for the 2017 model year. Autocar has more details on this redesigned model that will boast lightweight materials and improved styling when it arrives in late 2016.

We already knew that the big change for the next Panamera is an all-new modular platform, dubbed MSB, which it will share with other large Volkswagen Group models like the next Audi A8. Autocar’s report now says that the Panamera will be powered by a new family of V-6 and V-8 engines that will include both naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions. Diesel V-6 and hybrid versions will also be available to replace the current Panamera Diesel and e-Hybrid models. These engines will likely be related to the new 3.6-liter turbocharged V-6 in the 2015 Porsche Cayenne and Macan, though we don’t know much about this new V-8 yet.

Styling will also be a major point of improvement for the new Porsche sedan, as the current car’s controversial look has been the subject of criticism since the Panamera first appeared in 2009. The new car will reportedly have a cleaner, more attractive exterior, though Porsche design chief Michael Mauer told Autocar that it will still be identifiable as a Panamera. We spied the next-generation Porsche Panamera testing (pictured below); despite the heavy camouflage, we can see that the proportions are slightly different with a cleaner front end and a sleeker fastback profile.

Earlier this year, Porsche CEO Matthias Muller admitted to reporters that he wasn't thrilled with the current Panamera's styling: "We will do it [the next car] better. For example, the design could be better as well as the interior." Next Gen Porsche Panamera Side Angle© Provided by MotorTrend Next Gen Porsche Panamera Side Angle

To increase the new Porsche Panamera’s performance, engineers will use new weight-saving measures like aluminum, magnesium, and different types of steel for the chassis and body panels. These measures can already be seen on the current Porsche 911, and will reportedly prevent the new Panamera from gaining any weight despite higher equipment content and increased structural rigidity that’s necessary to pass the IIHS’ small-overlap crash test. Curb weight will reportedly hover around 3970-4200 pounds.

Though details are slim at this point, it’s also possible that Porsche will introduce two-door coupe and convertible versions of the Panamera. These new models could possibly share components with the upcoming replacement for the Bentley Continental GT. We’ll have to wait a while to see if the Panamera Coupe gets the green-light, though, as the new Panamera sedan isn’t even slated to debut until the end of 2016, likely as a 2017 model. Next Gen Porsche Panamera Rear Angle© Provided by MotorTrend Next Gen Porsche Panamera Rear Angle

Keep an eye out for more information about the second-generation Porsche Panamera as Porsche finalizes the final production model for its new sedan.

Source: Autocar

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