The second generation Porsche Panamera had been long rumoured to debut next year. It was only last month, that the all-new model was officially confirmed. In a response to queries about the second generation model by our sister publication IAB at the Volkswagen Group Night on the eve of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA), Porsche AG’s former President and CEO Matthias Muller (now CEO of Volkswagen AG) said: “You’ll see the car in Geneva”.
Months ahead of its official unveiling, the German automaker is busy testing the all-new model around the world. In the latest instance, a prototype testing in Germany has been captured by Youtube user CVDZIJDEN.
A close look at the rear-end reveals that Porsche is hiding the new tail lamps with fake stickers. Up front, the test mule features the familiar four-point LED headlights that will likely be redesigned on the production version.
Underpinned by the Volkswagen Group’s new front-engine, rear-drive platform called MSB or Modularer Standardantrieb-Baukasten, the all-new Panamera won’t be substantially redesigned. Significant weight reduction is likely though, owing to the new platform.
Mr. Muller said: “It (second-gen Porsche Panamera) is more or less the same design language, you’ll recognize it as a Panamera..it’ll be of a better package, and some details will be more modern of course.”
Engine options should include turbocharged V6 and V8 petrol engines in varying outputs. A hybrid variant would also be included in the range, although its debut timeline remains unconfirmed. Sales of the standard variant in Germany and other first markets should commence in H2 2016.
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