It has been revealed that the next-generation Porsche Panamera will debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2016 in March next year. The news was confirmed by outgoing Porsche chief Matthias Muller, who was recently named the new chief executive of the Volkswagen Group.
When quizzed about the car by Indian Autos Blog at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015, Muller said “You’ll see the car in Geneva.” That means the second-generation Panamera will debut some seven years after the original was revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show in early 2009.
One of the key areas of focus for Porsche with the new Panamera is weight saving. As such, the new car will use a brand new MSB architecture from the Volkswagen Group. Additionally, the new Panamera will make use of aluminium to the same degree as the 991-generation Porsche 911 with the German marque confirming weight is its enemy.
When it is all said and done, the 2017 Porsche Panamera should weigh between 1800-1900 kg depending on its configuration. This weight reduction is particularly noteworthy as the new Panamera will come adorned with even more technologies than the existing car and be required to pass ever-stricter crash regulations.
Another key change for the second-generation Porsche Panamera will be its introduction of a brand new range of engines. This range will reportedly consist of turbocharged V6 and V8 petrol engines with a diesel V6 also likely to be offered.