Porsche’s second-generation Panamera has been spied testing this week, ahead of what is expected to be a mid- to late 2016 debut.
That puts the new model’s unveiling nearly two years away, but it is clear from these shots that we are looking at the final bodywork of the 2016 Panamera.
And, while this may look like a 2014-bodied testing mule, closer inspection reveals a number of small but significant differences between the current model and this spied prototype.
The new model’s headlights, obscured by a photo-realistic print, appear unchanged for now, however there is now a softer new bonnet design with a more rounded curve to the shut lines.
Through the profile we see a more properly coupe-like roofline, at last deflating the bloated appearance of the current model.
The doors of the 2016 model will also feature a longer character line through the doors, beginning at what will likely be a deeper and more pronounced vent in the front fenders.
A sharpened drop-off at the rear end will round out the new design, along with slim new tail-lights and, on this prototype, a quad exhaust setup.
The new Panamera is expected to ride on the same light new MSB platform that will underpin the next Bentley Continental range, with a liberal application of aluminium and high-strength steel featured.
Expect power to again be provided by a range of big petrol and diesel engines, along with a plug-in hybrid option.
Watch for more details to surface over the coming year.
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