The design of the Porsche Panamera caused quite an upset when the vehicle made its 2010 model year debut. Complaints about the all-around unpleasant look of the car were rampant.
But, as Porsche CEO Matthias Muller comments, the firm is working to correct its design mistakes with the next-generation Porsche Panamera.
As Muller told CarAdvice at the recent Paris Motor Show, “We will do it better. For example, the design could be better as well as the interior.” The new car will also likely be a good deal lighter and more fuel-efficient, thanks to its use of the Volkswagen Group’s new MSB platform architecture, and it will feature a faster, more dramatic roofline.
A while back, spy photos of the future car were posted to the Motor Trend website. It’s wearing quite a bit of padding in the pictures, but the overall shape still seems to support these claims for a sleeker, sportier-looking Porsche Panamera. The front end will incorporate more of the design language established by the revamped Porsche Cayman and the new Macan.
The next Porsche Panamera is expected to be offered as a five-door with a long-wheelbase variant, and possibly also as a shooting brake inspired by the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept.
We don’t think that the existing Porsche Panamera design is all that bad; it becomes easier to look at with time. But a cleaner, faster design language is welcome, and if the Sport Turismo is any indication, the shooting brake variant is going to look like a million bucks.