The covers should come off the new Panamera facelift by the end of the year.
This year marked the tenth anniversary of the Porsche Panamera. While many were skeptical about the automaker launching a luxury sedan, the Panamera has proven to be a success so far as Porsche has shipped over 235,000 units since it launched in 2009. Later this year, Porsche will be giving the Panamera sedan and Sport Turismo a facelift to help keep the model fresh – and this is our first look at the latter.
An onlooker spotted a 2020 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo facelift prototype parked up while the test driver was out for lunch, and snapped some photos for our viewing pleasure.
As expected, the exterior changes look very subtle. The most notable changes can be found at the back, as camouflage has been applied to hide parts of the new rear lights, which will be linked with an LED strip like the new Cayenne. No noticeable changes have been applied to the front yet, but expect minor changes to the light graphics and front bumper. As for interior updates, it looks like there will also be a redesigned steering wheel since it's covered up, along with new technology upgrades.
What else can we expect from the 2020 Porsche Panamera? A recent report by Autocar claimed that Porsche will add mild-hybrid powertrains to the Panamera for the 2020 model year. Like the current model, the S and 4S versions will use a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, but both models are likely to adopt the 48-volt electrical architecture recently added to the 2020 Audi S6 and S7.
We also wouldn't complain if the updated Panamera receives some performance improvements. The current entry-level model has a turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 that produces 325 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, while the Panamera S has a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 with 434 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The GTS, on the other hand, has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 454 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque, while the range-topping Panamera Turbo has an output of 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque.
As for the plug-in hybrid variants, the Panamera E-Hybrid features a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 and an electric motor producing a combined 456 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, while the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine and an electric motor that produce a combined output of 671 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. Look out for the 2020 Porsche Panamera sedan and Sport Turismo when they break cover by the end of the year.