Porsche has revealed the third-generation version of its Panamera luxury sedan and confirmed it will be arriving in Australia late in the first quarter of 2024.
At launch there will only be two Porsche Panamera variants offered locally – the Panamera and Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid.
These Panamera variants are priced from $227,000 before on-roads and $402,300 before on-roads, respectively, and are both available to order now.
With the arrival of the new-generation Porsche Panamera the price of entry has risen by $21,500.
A Porsche Australia spokesperson has confirmed there will be more Panamera variants coming after the local launch, although they couldn’t say what these are exactly.
It’s worth noting there are four plug-in hybrid E-Hybrid Panamera variants offered globally.
The entry-level Porsche Panamera continues to be powered by a 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 engine, though it now produces 260kW of power and 500Nm of torque. This is up 17kW and 50Nm from the outgoing model.
Porsche claims it has modified the boost pressure, fuel injection flow and ignition timing to “optimise the performance” of this turbocharged V6 engine.
The Panamera can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.1 seconds, and flat out you’ll be doing 272km/h.
The new Porsche Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid on the other hand is a new plug-in hybrid variant in the line-up. It’s powered by a “fundamentally revised” 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine with a “newly developed” 140kW electric motor that’s now integrated into the “comprehensively redesigned” eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Total system outputs for the Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid are 500kW and 930Nm. This is technically down 14kW and up 60Nm from the outgoing Turbo S E-Hybrid.
Porsche claims the Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.2 seconds and flat out you’ll be doing 315km/h.
The Turbo E-Hybrid also receives a larger 25.9kWh battery pack, up 7kWh from the previous-generation model, which can be charged in two hours and 39 minutes when plugged into an 11kW AC charger.
The new-generation Porsche Panamera measures in at 5052mm long, 1937mm wide and 1423mm tall. This is virtually identical to the outgoing model.
At the front there’s an additional air intake above the number plate that’s claimed to be able to compensate for the increased air requirement of the drive systems. There’s also a redesigned window line, as well as number of other subtle design tweaks.
The Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid in particular picks up a “distinctive” rear apron with a painted diffuser panel and a “unique” front apron in body colour. There are also chrome-plated exhaust tips and optional centre-lock wheels available.
In addition, the Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid receives the new Turbonite accent colour that’s now being used to distinguish it from the rest of the range.
There’s Turbonite on the recently redesigned Porsche crest on the bonnet, side window strips and Turbo badge on the tailgate. It also features on the central rev counter in the instrument cluster and on the controls in the centre console.
The tech-laden interior puts the driver experience at centre of what Porsche calls “the perfect balance between analogue and digital elements”.
The steering wheel now features a drive mode selector and the small gear selector has been moved to sit beside the steering wheel on the dash.
A tilted centre console combines digital and physical climate controls, which sit below new finless air vents (that need to be adjusted using the touchscreen) and above a more spacious under-arm storage space.
A screen-heavy interior is made up of a 12.6-inch, curved, free-standing driver instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. A 10.9-inch passenger display is optional, as is a head-up display.
Standard equipment on all new Australian-specification Panamera variants includes:
- HD Matrix LED headlights
- Two-valve dual-chamber air suspension
- Panoramic glass sunroof
- Privacy glass
- Soft-close doors
- 12.6-inch digital instrument cluster
- 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Head-up display
- Bose surround-sound system
- DAB radio
- Cooled wireless phone charger
- Four-zone climate control
- GPS-supported automatic air-recirculation
- Keyless entry and push-button start
- 14-way Comfort seats with memory package (Panamera only)
- Ventilated front seats
- Lane Change Assist with Rear Assist
- Active Parking Support
- Surround-view camera
- Adaptive cruise control
- Traffic jam assist
The Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid adds:
- 21-inch Panamera SportDesign wheels
- Rear-axle steering
- Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus
- Ioniser with carbon fine-dust sensor
- Electric roll-up sunblind for rear side windows
As noted above, the new Porsche Panamera range is due to launch locally late in the first quarter of 2024.