Subtle changes keep the Panamera looking fresh inside and out.
It's been ten years since Porsche launched the Panamera but the second-generation model is still relatively new, having been on sale since 2017. Despite this, Porsche is already preparing to give the sleek sedan a facelift to keep it looking fresh.
Our spies have caught a prototype of Porsche's Mercedes AMG GT 4-door rival out testing sporting some subtle styling changes that mimic the 992-generation 911. At the front, there's a redesigned bumper that appears to share the same style as the 992.
It's the same story at the back, as we can see the updated Panamera will be getting new rear lights with redesigned graphics and a full-width LED strip connecting them. The exterior changes are subtle, but they should help make the Panamera look more stylish and match the design language of new Porsche models like the Cayenne and Macan.
We also get a first look inside the new Panamera facelift, and if it looks familiar, well, that's because it is. Like the exterior, Porsche has adopted the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach because the only notable change inside the cabin is a new steering wheel from the new 911 and possibly updated infotainment software.
There will also be changes under the hood, as reports suggest Porsche is planning to introduce the first mild-hybrid Panamera in the upcoming mid-cycle update. The S and 4S models will use the same 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 as the current Panamera, but both models are expected to adopt the 48-volt mild hybrid system and electric compressor electrical architecture that was added to the 2020 Audi S6 and S7.
According to recent rumors, Porsche could also attempt to set a new four-door Nurburgring lap record with a stripped-out, track-focused Panamera dubbed the "Lion" packing as much as 820 hp. Whether the hardcore Panamera will go on sale remains to be seen, however.