Porsche’s next-generation ICE saloon is revealed in disguised prototypes

As the German company prepares for the launch of the third-generation Porsche Panamera, a prototype has been seen being tested in winter conditions.

Although the Porsche badge was not on the model, it was shown with a solid-black exterior paint. The front design is identical to the current Panamera’s, while the rear has new lights and a spoiler.

The Mk3 model will continue the German company’s long tradition of small, evolutionary changes between generations. Its exterior design subtly advances the look and feel of the second-generation Porsche Panamera, six years old. Porsche is planning to make more substantial modifications to its BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes Benz CLS competitors.

The Panamera will receive a new range of petrol engines, including a two-year-old Porsche Taycan saloon, which is leading the firm’s push for electric vehicles. All models include heavily reworked exhaust systems, and software that has been modified to meet the Euro 7 emission regulations.

The new Panamera will feature an updated version of the twin-turbocharged V6 and V8 engines today, with 48V mild hybrid properties. A heavily modified plug-in hybrid powertrain is also planned for future Mk4 Cayenne SUVs.

Although details are scarce, Autocar was informed that the successor models of the 4 E-Hybrid 4S E-Hybrid range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid model will be equipped with both new petrol engines and electric motors. This will be paired with a larger-capacity lithium-ion battery pack and new software to enable faster charging.

The power output of each Panamera model is believed to have increased, although nothing is yet official.

The reworked plug in hybrid system will offer “significantly more” than 31 electric-only miles offered by the current E-Hybrid models.

It is not yet clear what changes Porsche will make in the interior of the Panamera. The Panamera will receive an upgraded version of Porsche Communication Management with 5G data compatibility.

While there are still doubts as to whether the prototype is actually a preview of the third-generation Panamera model, the life cycle history of other incarnations suggests it is an entirely new model and not just a facelifted one.

The original 970 Panamera was introduced in 2010. It was then updated in 2013. In 2016, the second-generation 971 Panamera was introduced. It received several mid-life upgrades in 2020. Porsche designed the Panamera to last between 6 and 7 years. The Panamera was then given a facelift within three to four years.

Porsche will likely continue to follow this strategy. The 972 will be revealed in the third quarter. UK sales will begin later in the year.