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Spied: Next-Gen Porsche Panamera Caught Hiding its Curves

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/24/2014 Karla Sanchez

Big changes are underway for the next-gen Porsche Panamera, and spy photographers have finally given us a first look at the upcoming car. A Panamera prototype wearing a good amount of camouflage was caught on camera while it was out for a test drive.

Although the heavy camo is meant to throw us off, the overall shape of the prototype helps paint a pretty good picture of what we can expect on the new Panamera. Since the 2015 Cayenne recently took on a Macan-like appearance with minor exterior changes, we expect the same for the Panamera. Like the Cayenne, we expect an overall cleaner design language on the next Panamera, defined by a revised front fascia with air blades that direct air to the intercoolers, and a new headlight design. The tailgate looks smoother and fluid, and although the taillights are covered up, we can expect them to feature Porsche's four-point light design.

The most important change the Panamera has undergone is that it rides on an all-new rear/all-wheel drive platform, dubbed MSB. This new architecture will reportedly underpin the next Boxster/Cayman and 911, and spawn new engines. The German automaker has already revealed that it will develop its own new V-8 that will be common to the new MSB platform. Current Panamera powertrains include a 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6, a 420-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, 416-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 hybrid, 440-hp 4.8-liter V-8, and a 520-570-hp twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8.

Next Generation Porsche Panamera Prototype Spy Shot© Provided by MotorTrend Next Generation Porsche Panamera Prototype Spy Shot

While a Panamera S e-Hyrid is already expected, it's also possible the new architecture could spawn a wagon-like Panamera similar to the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept. Either way, there will be more variants with the second-gen Panamera, which should debut sometime in 2016 as a 2017 model.

Photo Source: KPG Photography

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