Porsche’s first sedan, the Panamera has received a mixed response ever since it was introduced. While it was a practical alternative for those looking at a 4-door sedan, it didn’t have the looks that appealed to all. While some liked it, others (including me) didn’t fancy it. But that changed with the coming of the all-new Panamera, which made its global debut just last year. Porsche India has already started accepting bookings for the new Panamera and is expected to launch the new vehicle in March 2017, according to a report by Autocar India.
For starters, the most important thing is that this one looks a lot more appealing than the outgoing version. It has a sportier front end and the tail lamp cluster is now more sleek and similar to what is offered on the new 911. Porsche has also joined both the tail lamp clusters with a light strip. The overall profile of the Panamera is now much sleeker and sportier. The interiors have received a massive update too with an all-new touch screen sytem being offered and a new design for the dashboard as well as the instrument console.
While the current Panamera is offered with a whole host of engine options, the new one will only come with a single engine option initially. What will be on offer will be the Turbo variant, which is powered by a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 542 Bhp and 770 Nm. 0-100 is claimed at a quick 4.2 seconds. In addition to this, Porsche will also launch the longer Panamera Executive, which is basically the long wheel base (LWB) version of the Panamera, for those in the need of the rear seat space. The Executive has a 150 mm longer wheelbase as compared to the normal Panamera. This too will come with the same engine as that on the Turbo.
Porsche will bring in the diesel version of the Panamera at a later date, towards the end of the year. The diesel engines expected are the 3.0 liter V6 unit and the 4.0 liter V8 unit. They may even bring in the hybrid version next year.
Prices for the same have already been listed on the company site. While the normal one will set you back Rs 1.96 crores, the Executive one will set you back Rs 2.08 crores ex showroom.
Source: Autocar India