Porsche will add two more models to the 2017 Panamera lineup in LA

Porsche will continue to expand its Panamera sedan lineup at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The first redesigned Panamera variants debuted at various auto shows earlier this year, but Porsche will add a new base model and long-wheelbase Executive version in Los Angeles.

The base model gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, in place of the naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6 used in the previous-generation Panamera. The new engine produces 330 horsepower, which is an increase of 20 hp over the previous version. Porsche will offer this engine with rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive in Panamera 4 models.

The Executive model adds 5.9 inches to the wheelbase, mostly to make more room in the back. It’s likely targeted at the Chinese market, where it’s more common for people to be driven than to drive themselves. The Executive will be available only with all-wheel drive, but buyers will be able to choose from any of the available Panamera engine options, including the new 3.0-liter V6.

Read more: 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo first drive

Besides some extra rear space, the Panamera Executive also comes with a rear-seat entertainment system, including a pair of 10.1-inch monitors that mount to the backs of the front seats, and can also be detached and used as tablets. Other notable features include heated power-adjustable rear seats, and available four-zone automatic climate control and soft-close doors.

The new base and Executive models join three other Panamera variants. The Panamera 4S uses a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6, good for 440 hp and 405 pound-feet of torque. The Panamera Turbo has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 550 hp and 567 pound-feet of torque. Finally, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid model that utilizes the 4S’ 2.9-liter engine, plus an electric motor and 14.1-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Those two power sources make for a combined 462 hp and 516 lb-ft.

The Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo go on sale in January, with the other variants set to follow at a later date. Stick with Digital Trends for updates on this and other 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show happenings.

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