Porsche is in the final stages of developing the all-new, second-generation Panamera. The sedan is a few short days away from making its official debut, but it’s been prematurely revealed by a set of leaked images.
Updated on 06-24-2016 by Ronan Glon: Added leaked images.
Published by Motor1, the pictures confirm that the second-gen Panamera is equal parts evolutionary and revolutionary. Its front fascia is carried over from the current model with only subtle modifications such as new-look headlights and a re-shaped bumper. However, designers have ditched the original Panamera’s controversial hunchback-like rear end in favor of a much sleeker roof line that bears more than a passing resemblance to the 911. The new look is complemented by smaller tail lamps that are connected by a thin light bar.
Porsche has confirmed that the next Panamera will spawn a family-friendly station wagon for the first time ever. The wagon will bear more than a passing resemblance to the sleek-looking Sport Turismo concept that debuted in 2012 at the Paris Auto Show. Naysayers be damned, Porsche is firmly committed to selling it in the United States.
The next Panamera will inaugurate a brand new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that makes 550 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque in its most basic state of tune. The lineup will gradually expand with a more powerful version of the eight, a smaller V6, at least one turbodiesel engine, and a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The turbodiesel mill will exclusively be available in Europe.
Stay tuned — the second-generation Porsche Panamera will be presented online in the coming next week, and it will make its public debut this fall during the Paris Auto Show. The sedan will go on sale shortly after as a 2017 model, but executives have previously suggested that we might have to wait at least another year before we see the station wagon variant.