Porsche looks to be giving its next-generation Panamera an interior inspired by the all-electric Taycan.
Our spy photographers have captured the large liftback once again, and we’ve gotten a first look at the Panamera’s interior ahead of its expected reveal late in 2023.
Ahead of the driver appears to be fully digital instrument cluster that’s slightly curved like that of the Taycan. The current Panamera has a partial digital cluster with an analogue rev counter in the middle.
In between this digital instrument cluster and the central infotainment screen is a small gear selector toggle, also resembling that of the Taycan.
Design features that appear to have carried over from the current-generation Panamera to this next-gen prototype are the climate control knobs and touch-sensitive buttons on the central tunnel, although they aren’t flanking the gear lever.
A starter button can also be seen where the electronic park brake is on the current-generation model.
Seeing the dashboard on this spied prototype is so similar to Taycan, the next-generation Panamera could also offer a front passenger screen as an option.
The rest of the interior on this spied prototype is covered in black sheets, typical with development prototype vehicles.
It’s unclear what Porsche will do with the engine line-up of this new Panamera.
Currently, the base engine is a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 243kW of power and 450Nm of torque.
There’s also a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of this powertrain that adds an electric motor and a 17.9kWh lithium battery pack, good for a combined power output of 340kW or 412kW, depending on the variant.
A 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine is also available, producing 353kW and 620Nm in the GTS and 463kW and 820Nm in the Turbo S.
Sitting atop the range is the Turbo S E-Hybrid, using a PHEV version of the V8 powertrain with total outputs of 514kW and 870Nm.
This new-generation model appears to be receiving an exterior design that’s more of an evolution than revolution.
Setting this Panamera prototype apart from the current model at the front are new headlights with a different lighting signature, an updated front fascia with a larger main air intake and more pronounced side air intakes.
This prototype appears to retain a similar double daytime running light/indicator signature to the current-generation Panamera GTS, Turbo S and Turbo S E-Hybrid models.
Around the side there are different, squarer rear door lines that have been cleverly covered up with black camouflage and painted where the chrome door trim usually is.
There’s also a round fuel filler cap, instead of the squarer one fitted to the current Panamera.
Around the back the rear hatch has a very different design and seems to be more squared-off.
There also appears to be a retractable, active spoiler that’ll carry over to this new model.
The Panamera is a considerably lower volume vehicle for Porsche Australia than even the brand’s sports cars.
Porsche has sold a total of 21 Panamera to the end of April 2022, against 157 examples of its 911, 64 examples of its 718, and 218 of its similarly-sized electric Taycan.