Many Porsche loyalists were outraged at the idea of a four-door Porsche luxury sedan when the Porsche Panamera was introduced for the 2010 model year, and the fact that the Porsche Panamera had such a polarizing design only added fuel to the fire. Porsche CEO Matthias Muller now admits that the car suffered from design “mistakes” that will be corrected when the car’s replacement debuts next year.
“We will do it better,” Muller told Australia’s CarAdvice at this year’s Paris auto show. “For example, the design could be better as well as the interior.”
Muller also indicated that the next-generation Porsche Panamera, which will ride on Volkswagen Auto Group’s new MSB architecture, will be both lighter and more efficient than today’s model. Porsche Panamera chief designer Michael Mauer also told CarAdvice that the next model will have a faster, more dramatic roofline, meaning interior designers have been challenged designers to maintain rear headroom.
“The next generation will be a typical Porsche, a typical Panamera, but it will look better,” Mauer added.
Spy photos of the next Porsche Panamera back up both these official claims and reports from Automobile European bureau chief Georg Kacher that the car will be considerably prettier than the current effort. Expect a cleaner design language that is clearly connected to that of the Porsche Macan and recently revised Cayenne, with an updated front fascia featuring air-blade elements at either corner, a new headlight design, and a smoother and less awkward rear-end design.
Projected to debut in 2015 as a 2016 model, the next Porsche Panamera will likely come in three body styles, including a five-door, long-wheelbase five-door, and a new five-door shooting brake drawn from the Panamera Sport Turismo concept. We’ll almost certainly see a new V-8 engine featured in the future Panamera, which will be common to the MSB platform and destined for other models like the Audi A8, Audi Q8, and Bentley Continental. By many accounts, the proposed Porsche Pajun (Panamera junior) midsize sedan project is on hold. Also in the pipeline for the next-gen Porsche Panamera is a high-performance hybrid mating a V-8 with a roughly 150-hp electric motor.
The current 2014 Porsche Panamera (pictured) starts at $79,095, while the top-shelf Turbo S Executive starts at $201,495. Expect more details on the next-gen Panamera sometime next year.