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Refreshed Porsche Panamera Could Have 911-Inspired Changes

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But to be honest, it doesn't look much different.

The second-generation Porsche Panamera has only been on sale since 2017, but the time has already come for the luxury sedan to receive a mid-cycle facelift. Spy photos have shown the updated Panamera being put through its paces with minimal camouflage. This has allowed talented artist Nikita Chuyko at Kolesa to produce some convincing-looking renders showing us what it will look like when the covers come off. Unsurprisingly, the subtle styling changes will be heavily inspired by the 992-generation Porsche 911.

Nikita Chuyko
Nikita Chuyko

At the front, the new Panamera facelift will feature a new bumper with c-shaped LED lights for the turn signals. Elsewhere, the rear will be updated with new rear lights connected by a full-width light strip. The changes are subtle, but they should help keep the Panamera looking fresh against the competition while keeping the design language consistent with the current 911, Cayenne, and Macan.

Don't expect any significant changes inside the cabin, as recent spy shots showed the only notable update will be a new steering wheel from taken from the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera and possibly updated infotainment software.

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Bigger changes will be found in the powertrain department, however. While the S and 4S models are expected to use the same 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 as the current Panamera, both models will reportedly adopt the 48-volt mild hybrid system and electric compressor electrical architecture that was added to the 2020 Audi S6 and S7.

A new range-topping "Lion" variant could also join the lineup packing at least 750 hp or as much as 820 hp. Porsche is allegedly building the new track-focused Panamera as a one-off special to attempt a new Nurburgring lap record, but we're hoping it will also enter production. The updated Porsche Panamera will likely debut sometime next year, but Porsche hasn't made any official announcements yet.

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