Since we’re on the topic of greener than usual Porsches, we also have footage of a testing prototype of the upcoming 2017 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.
The testing rig has been caught in the metal and in the night by a YouTube user, which roamed Stuttgart and then had the courtesy to share the find with everyone around the world. What we have here is a not so camouflage-heavy prototype that seems to wear disguise only on the lights and the rest of the design staring us in plain sight. Naturally, the styling changes have been deemed evolutionary – no chance to see anything revolutionary since Ferry Porsche has passed away for quite some time – though we’re taking what we have for granted and stopped asking too many questions (when it comes to design and the VW Group, that is). The back seems to be sportier – that was a critical point with the predecessor since it looked too bulky for fan taste.
As far as the interior is concerned, we know the model would be putting to good use the latest advancements in terms of capacitive-touch buttons and will boast an all-digital instrument cluster. This particular unit also used the hybrid powertrain which appears to have gained a notch or two in terms of efficiency – the current iteration has a e-range of up to 22 miles (35 kilometers), while the prototype showed on its screen a theoretical range of 23.6 miles (38 km). The increase will come courtesy of the updated plug-in hybrid powertrain, but also thanks to the use of the new MSB vehicle architecture that will incur some weight saving techniques – the loss is of around 200 pounds (91 kilograms).