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2017 Porsche Panamera Spy Shots

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Porsche is hard at work developing a second generation of its Panamera, and new prototypes have just been spotted. The new Panamera isn’t expected on the market until 2016, most likely as a 2017 model, but even at this stage of development it’s clear the car will have a somewhat sleeker and sportier shape than the current model.

Our photographer tells us that the new Panamera is slightly longer than the current one, and from previous test mules we know its track is slightly wider too. In some of the earlier shots, we can also see a large rear wing being extended. Porsche’s Panamera Sport Turismo concept from 2012 hints at the styling we can expect.

Underpinning the car is a brand new platform that will eventually spawn several high-end models from the Volkswagen Group. The new platform is the Modular Standard Platform, or MSB when derived from its German title “Modularer Standardantrieb-Baukasten,” and it’s designed for large front-engined cars with either rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations. Bentley’s next Continental and Flying Spur models will also use the platform.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept

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Thanks to a mix of materials such as high-strength steel, aluminum and even some composites, the MSB platform will see that the new Panamera is both lighter and stiffer than the current model. Weight savings could be as high as 200 pounds, depending on the variant.

The variety of powertrains on offer for the current Panamera is likely to remain, though with some all-new engine designs. The 2014 Panamera S already received a new twin-turbo V-6, and for the new Panamera we should see more potent variants like the GTS and Turbo benefit from a new V-8. A plug-in hybrid model will also be offered once again, but with improved battery technology helping to lower weight and increase capacity. The current Panamera S E-Hybrid weighs a hefty 4,609 pounds.

Stay tuned for updates as development of the next-gen Porsche Panamera continues. Note, we’re also hearing that Porsche will launch a smaller sedan in the near future. Nicknamed the Pajun, short for “Panamera Junior”, this model is rumored to arrive in 2018 or 2019 and offer an all-electric variant to challenge Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA].

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