2018 Porsche Panamera: The long and short of it

By Matt DeLorenzo on November 11, 2016 9:30 AM
2017 Porsche Panamera Executive

When Porsche rolls out its redesigned 2018 Panamera at the Los Angeles Auto Show, there will be two significant additions to the lineup of 4-door sport sedans—a long-wheelbase Executive version and new, more powerful 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine. The range will continue to offer hybrid and V8 entries as well as a choice between rear- and all-wheel drive.

The 2018 Porsche Panamera Executive rides on a 5.9-inch longer wheelbase, which enhances the rear seating area. In addition to the extra room, the Executive also boasts a long list of upscale features starting with a large panoramic roof, heated seats front and rear with multiple power adjustments, adaptive air suspension  and roll-up sun screens behind the rear headrests. Panamera 4S and Turbo models also are equipped with rear axle steering and soft close doors. The Turbo flagship Executive comes with 4-zone automatic climate control, LED headlamps and ambient interior lighting.

Executive models can be fitted with a new large rear center console and Porsche’s latest iteration of rear seat entertainment that features dual 10.1-inch screens in the backs of the front buckets. The screens are detachable and can be used like tablets outside the vehicle. 

New V6

The Porsche Panamera also showcases a new, more-efficient turbocharged V6 that produces 330 horsepower, up 20 horses from the previous generation Panamera V6. This new engine is standard on the base Panamera and also can be fitted to all-wheel drive Panamera 4 models as well as the new long-wheelbase Executive version.

In addition to this new V6, the Panamera will offer buyers three other powertrain alternatives. The rest of the family includes the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, which produces 462 total horsepower, the V8-powered 4S with 440 horsepower and the top-of-the-line Turbo with 550 horsepower. All four can be had in either standard or long-wheelbase Executive trim levels. The Panamera lineup will consist of 9 total models starting with the standard- wheelbase/rear-drive V6 Panamera. Sales of the redesigned Porsche Panamera begin in January with the 4S and Turbo models, which are 2017s. They’ll be followed later in the year by the rest of the lineup, which will be 2018s. Pricing for all will be announced later.


 

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