The new Porsche Panamera will have more power and more screens
Porsche has pulled the wraps off the facelifted Panamera’s interior, which has been reconfigured to adopt the firm’s latest infotainment tech
The Taycan is Porsche’s first electric car and its most advanced mainstream model to date, and some of its pioneering tech is now filtering down to other models in the range. The Panamera is next in line to receive an upgrade, with an imminent facelift bringing a refreshed design, better performance and – as these images reveal – a revamped interior.
Following the Taycan’s lead, the new Panamera will receive significant architectural changes inside, starting with a revised centre console that does away with the old car’s traditional gear selector. Instead, a smaller switch will be integrated into the dash to engage park, neutral and drive to free up extra storage space between the seats.
There’s also a new curved instrument panel set behind the steering wheel, again inspired by the Taycan. The stack of overlapping analogue dials has been a Porsche trademark for years, but it’s being phased out in favour of this entirely digital solution for more configurability – the 12.6-inch display is split into sections to display vehicle information, a navigation map, media playback and more.
The party piece, however, is the new PCM infotainment suite. This centres around a 12.3-inch touchscreen nestled within a gloss black dashboard panel, flanked by a (likely optional) passenger display. The latter uses a directional filter to avoid distracting the driver, which allows for video streaming on the move.
Elsewhere, the new Panamera will receive a suite of detail design and quality improvements, from extended ambient lighting to more compliant seat foam and finless air vents (although this could be a step backwards if the Taycan’s irritating touchscreen-operated vent controls are anything to go by).
As we reported from our ride in a prototype earlier this year, the facelift will also bring a range of updated powertrains. Hybrid Panameras in particular will receive a larger battery and a more powerful electric motor to boost power and efficiency – the Panamera Turbo PHEV is predicted to have around 650bhp, with a potential Turbo S E-Hybrid version generating well beyond 700bhp.