A new, 2017 Porsche Panamera is set to launch next year, and as superficial as it may seem, our chiefest concern is what it will look like. Porsche CEO Matthias Müller had previously promised those of us with working eyes a less-ugly Panamera in the future, and we plan on holding him to it.
Well, the UK’s CAR magazine has the latest spy shots of the 2017 Porsche Panamera “G2” prototype out testing on public roads, so we can see for ourselves what the marque has altered in the way of styling to make the new car easier on the eye.
Comparing the shots to photos of the current post-facelift Panamera (S E-Hybrid shown), we see plenty of additional surface sculpture to break up the space and add some needed complexity. The rear bumper cover appears to taper more dramatically on the new car as well, and the roof line begins its descent further forward in the body – at the expense of some rear headroom, we’re sure.
The 2017 Porsche Panamera will be built on the Volkswagen Group’s new MSB platform, offered in both long- and short-wheelbase forms, thanks to the flexibility of the new architecture. CAR reports that in addition to the expected 5-door short and long versions, a long-wheelbase SportTurismo shooting brake Porsche Panamera will also be offered for the 2017 model year, similar to the shooting brake concept unveiled by Porsche back in 2012.
The prototype 2017 Porsche Panamera shown in this latest collection of spy photographs is still somewhat disguised – in some areas more than others – so we anticipate even more prettiness-per-square-inch than what’s here. Here’s to hoping we’re not wrong.