A new generation of the Porsche Panamera is getting ready to be introduced as the company is currently testing out different versions of it.

The Panamera was a huge risk for Porsche, just like the Cayenne, but in the end it all turned out ok for the German based automaker and now the luxury cruiser is getting ready to receive its second generation. A test mule of the car has been spotted recently by our spy photographers, while it was being tested out in a cold climate, near the Arctic Circle.

The 2017 Porsche Panamera is believed to ride on a brand new platform, which should also spawn several high-end vehicles from the Volkswagen Group, called the MSB (Modular Standard Platform). This should be used on the next Bentley Continental Range and it is also believed to underpin the new generation of the Porsche 911. Riding on the MSB platform means that the Panamera might lose about 100 kg, compared to the current version.

The looks of the model will not be that different from the current one so you will still be able to instantly recognize it. As for the engine lineup, this will add several new units, which will include the twin turbo V6 in the Panamera S, from the previous V8, while the Panamera Turbo will be maintaining its V8. Improved battery technologies will be applied too and this means more interesting hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. The long wheelbase and all-wheel drive options will be maintained too. The model is expected to be introduced in 2016.


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