At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen Group’s second major debut alongside the Audi Q2 will be the second generation 2016 Porsche Panamera. When asked about the second generation by our sister publication IAB at the Volkswagen Group Night last week, Porsche AG, President and CEO Matthias Muller (who at the time of publishing the story has been appointed the CEO of Volkswagen AG) said: “You’ll see the car in Geneva”.
The second generation Porsche Panamera (codename: Porsche G2) will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s new front-engine, rear-drive platform called MSB or Modularer Standardantrieb-Baukasten which is German for Modular Standard Modular Drive. The new lightweight, modular platform and weight saving measures could shave off about 90 kg from the current Panamera’ weight as per earlier reports.
The next-gen Porsche Panamera won’t be drastically redesigned. This also, has been confirmed by the brand’s CEO himself. Speaking to IAB at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March, Mr. Muller said: “It is more or less the same design language, you’ll recognize him as a Panamera..it’ll be of a better package, and some details will be more modern of course.”
Engine options on the all-new model would include newly-developed turbocharged V6 and V8 engines. Of course, a hybrid variant would also be there, but whether it will arrive along with the standard variant or at a later date, is unknown at the moment.
The second generation Porsche Panamera is expected to go on sale in H2 2016 in Germany and other first markets.