Porsche will introduce its first all-new version of the Panamera since its 2009 introduction at this year’s Paris Auto Show. It’s sorely needed, too, since global sales of this once popular seller dropped 31 percent in 2015.
While the upcoming debut is not exactly a shock, a Porsche official finally confirmed the news to Automotive News Europe on Monday.
The second-generation of the sporty sedan will naturally shed some pounds because it is being built on VW’s new lighter-weight, more fuel-efficient MSB modular platform. It’s one expected to also underpin some Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini vehicles.
Under the hood, Porsche is reportedly working on an all-new V8. However, more efficient powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid, are expected to take their place in the lineup. A Shooting Brake model, with a more station wagon-like look, is also reportedly on tap for Europe where wagons remain popular.
The Panamera overhaul is the second major model overhaul after the recent revamp of the 718 Boxster/Cayman line.
The new Panamera will debut at the Paris show in late September and then hit the European market first, followed by China and the U.S. in 2017. China is actually one market the Panamera has continued to do well in over the past few years since those customers prefer its roominess over the 911.