Porsche is planning a new BMW 5-Series rivaling executive saloon, reads a report from Autocar. The publication says it uncovered information on the new vehicle from a series of patent applications filed in Germany, the US and China. The new executive saloon will have both battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell versions, with powertrain mounted in the rear. It will sit on a considerably new structure, an adaptation of the upcoming MSB platform which will be used for the next generation Panamera as well.
The battery electric version will have an output of 420 bhp, good enough for competing with a Tesla. It can be expected to have a range at least close enough to that of the Tesla Model S which does 265 miles (427 km). Having electric and hydrogen fuel cell versions of the same car should give Porsche a cost advantage which other automakers producing EVs and FCVs using different platforms do not have. It should be launched around early 2018, and the hydrogen fuel cell version is likely to arrive soon afterwards, but with a short production-run.