The Panamera has always been a bit of an ugly duckling. Porsche has many lovely, sporty car models, but the Panamera always stayed behind a little bit. Released into the market in 2009, the car was supposed to broaden Porsche’s market offer. The 911 is a definitive sports car and lacked and still lacks some comfort features. The 2017 Porsche Panamera was designed as a compromise between the 911’s sports features, whilst adding comfort and luxury features.
Although the Panamera had all the noticeable and famous Porsche design cues, the whole package did not wow the public. For the 2017 model year Porsche completely revamped the interior and exterior of the car. The alterations are clearly visible in both sections. Also, Porsche had more designing freedom thanks to the new platform and decided to make the most of it. As a result, the unveiling of the 2017 Porsche Panamera resulted in a unanimous positive reaction from the public. It really seems like the ugly duckling has turned into a beautiful swan.
There are also new drivetrain options, even a hybrid is coming our way in 2018! If this doesn’t get you excited to see this car, we don’t know what will.
Starting at the front of the car, the first game-changing feature is already visible. The 2017 Porsche Panamera’s nose is lowered and the hood is longer. This creates an altogether sportier look and imitates the very successful and iconic Porsche 911. The grille and lower fascia are also new and the front turn signals are now LEDs.
On the side, the biggest alteration is seen on the front door. The creases are deeper and flow nicely into the front fender vent. The crease on the lower side is now an individual line, which makes the total crease count three, instead of two on the last Panamera. The air vent is also deeper by the way.
Another difference is the shape of the side windows. Whereas on the Panamera’s predecessor they end in a high tip, on the new Panamera they end lower.
The new rear of the car is what the public loved most, or what they loved least about the predecessor’s rear. The latter flowed right down in a steep curve, whereas the new rear has a real edge, after which it goes down more vertically. The taillights and bumper received a restyling based on the rear exterior of the 2017 Porsche 911 R special edition supercar, which causes a lot more definition of the rear.
Finally, there are 15 exterior colours to choose from and ten different sets of wheels.
First off, the supermodern and sleek interior looks to be inspired by the interior and tech department of the 2017 Maserati Alfieri luxury supercar. Then, a whole new leather steering wheel with gesture controls can be found in the interior. The interior can have partially leather seats in three colour options. Full leather interior has ten colour options, of which five are a two tone. A mass of interior customization options is available, many different wood tones for dashboard and door panel inserts can be chosen.
Furthermore, the doors now have a larger storage area and the centre console also features a storage compartment. The gauges are still analog, a more old/fashioned detail in the interior. Touch sensitive buttons surround the gear shifter, which is now thinner and more elegant. The infotainment screen is a 12 inch touch screen, which is larger than the last one. The surrounding air vents are still present, but almost invisible now.
The standard sound system is a 150 Watt Hi-Fi system with 10 loudspeakers. Optional is a 710 Watts BOSE Surround Sound System with 14 loudspeakers or a 1455 Watss Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System with 21 loudspeakers.
Ambient lighting with seven colour schemes is optional, as are heated and ventilated seats. Also, massage seats for front and rear passengers are optional.
On to the powertrains! Since the old engines didn’t fit into the new platform, Porsche had to create some new ones. The lowest 2017 Porsche Panamera trim is the 4S and uses a 440 HP 2.9 liter V6 engine. The Panamera Turbo has a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine, good for 550 horsepower. The European 4S is also going to be available with a diesel engine of 422 horsepower.
Then finally, there’s the Panamera 4 E-hybrid with a 330 HP V6 engine, combined with a 136 HP electric motor. That brings the total HP to 462 for the hybrid. The E-hybrid competes with that other luxury plug-in hybrid, the 2017 BMW 740e IPerformance, pumping out a total of 371 horsepower.
All engines will have an automatic transmission and permanent All Wheel Drive.
In tech tech department the 2017 Porsche Panamera does really well. Standard tech features are ParkAssist (front and rear) with visual and audible warning, cruise control and Keyless Drive.
The main tech feature of this car is the new Porsche Connect infotainment package. This comes as a first on the 2017 Panamera and will be standard on all next-gen Porsche models. Porsche Connect enables the driver to stay in constant contact with the vehicle and enhances functions like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Optional tech features include: HomeLink garage door opener, Night Vision Assist, Lane Changing Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control. Moreover, there’s Park Assist with a rear view or 360 camera.
Price and sale date
The 2017 Porsche Panamera is available for ordering and will hit US dealership on the 5th of November of 2016. Prices for the Panamera 4S start at $99,000. The Turbo starts at $146,000.
European prices for the Panamera 4S start at €113.027. The Panamera Turbo starts at €153.011.