2017 Porsche Panamera Almost Revealed In These Spy Photos
In the Porsche calendar schedule, this year belongs to the Porsche 911, with the Porsche 991 facelift being almost ready, but 2016 will also be a year to recall as far as Zuffenhausen is concerned. That’s when we should receive the second-generation Porsche Panamera.
To satisfy your four-door Porsche thirst, we are now bringing you a new series of spy photos, which reveal more of the interior than we’ve seen in the past.
If we were to select the part of the current Porsche Panamera that would need to be upgraded the most, it would have to be the interior. It all starts from the interior space – the current model didn’t offer enough space in the back, so Porsche introduced the longer Executive version with the mid-cycle refresh.
This issue should be solved by the all-new platform that will be used by the new model. Called Modularer Standardantrieb-Baukasten (Modular Standard Platform), this will underpin a series of full-size front-engined VW Group cars using rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The next-generation Bentley Continental and Flying Spur are two examples of this.
First and foremost, we have to explain the test vehicle seen here still has a long way to go until reaching its final form. For instance, since all Porsches have their ignition on the left side, the switch mounted on the steering wheel suggests that this test mule is a VW parts car.
The current massive center section will make room for a more airy one, which will add up to the actual extra space mentioned in this article.
As you know, Porsche currently follows the “one-button-for-each-function” ideology. In the future, we’ll get a melange between this set up and digitalised clean-up operations. Remember, many Porsche customers love Zuffenhausen’s traditional way, so don’t expect their vehicles to follow the all-digital revolution.
We also get to see the second-generation Porsche Panamera’s door card, but all we can tell for now is that we’ll be dealing with a list of very familiar styling cues.
As for what gadgets are in the trunk of the prototype Indies pictures, we wouldn’t speculate to call it a hybrid test vehicle. In fact, the hardware looks more like the bits and pieces we’ve seen on the self driving Audi A7. Come to think of it, Porsche is rumored to be working on an advanced cruise control that would thrill passengers through the corners, so the assumption might not be that much of a far stretch.