2024 Porsche Panamera available in E-Turbo Hybrid and V6 turbo guises
It was back in 2009 when Porsche first unveiled its full-size luxury car called the Panamera. Based on the 989 concept, the Panamera breaks away from the brand's regular lineup of sports cars by offering a luxury-oriented vehicle while still offering Porsche performance.
It was then followed by the second generation model that was revealed in 2016 which offered more luxurious appointments and more powerful turbocharged powertrains (including a turbo-hybrid version). Fast forward to the tail-end of 2023, the Stuttgart-based automaker has officially taken the covers off the third-generation Panamera.
Revealed in Shanghai, the sporty luxury sedan gets an evolutionary redesign, more digital features, and an air suspension derived from the Cayenne. But first, let's talk about its not-so-obvious redesign.
It may not look like it, but the Porsche Panamera is all-new for the 2024 model year. It retains the familiar shape and silhouette of the past iterations but it gets some neat changes to make it stand out from its predecessors. For starters, the large central air intakes now have a grille-like appearance while the LED Matrix headlights feature a restyled look that complements the wider front fenders.
The changes around the back are more subtle as the Panamera continues to have the two-stage spoiler and the distinct sloping roofline. New, however, are the sculpted rear bumper and the full-width LED taillights which are now thinner in appearance. Last, but not least, the Panamera can be fitted with the optional 21-inch alloy wheels with center locks that appeared to have been inspired by the 911 GT3.
In terms of size, the 2024 Porsche Panamera measures 5052mm long, 1937mm wide, and 1423mm tall. This means the Panamera retains its size from the previous generation except for a slight 3mm increase in terms of height.
Pop the doors open and the 2024 Panamera invites occupants into a triple-screen dashboard. Both the touchscreen infotainment and instrument panel measure 12.6 inches in size and are joined by a new (optional) 10.9-inch touchscreen for the front passenger.
Also new is the lack of a traditional gear selector as it has been replaced by a button-style selector beside the touchscreen media display. There's also a Ferrari-like mode switch on the steering wheel to allow drivers to change drive modes (Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus). Other key changes present inside the vehicle include redesigned HVAC controls, a wireless charging pad, and restyled aircon vents.
Under the hood, the all-new Panamera will be available with several powertrain options. First up is the Panamera E-Turbo Hybrid plug-in hybrid, which has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 paired with a single electric motor integrated into the 8-speed automatic transmission.
It is then assisted by a 25.9 kWh battery pack which gives the vehicle a total system output of 680 PS and 930 Nm of torque. This allows the vehicle to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds and achieve a 314 km/h top speed. Since it's a plug-in hybrid, the electrified Panamera has an all-electric range of around 83 to 93 km. It also has a new 11kW AC charger which can fully recharge the battery in around 2 hours and 39 minutes.
Those who prefer good ol' internal combustion can also opt for the Panamera and Panamera 4 (AWD) variants. Both models have an improved turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 that benefits from an optimized boost pressure, ignition timing, and injection volume. The result is 353 PS with 499 Nm of torque which translates to an increase of 23 PS and 50 Nm of pull. The regular Panamera can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 272 km/h while the AWD version can do it faster in just 4.8 seconds but can only do 270 km/h.
As mentioned earlier, the 2024 Panamera can now be equipped with an active air suspension derived from the Cayenne. The system consists of new active dampers, an electronically-controlled hydraulic pump, and a one-chamber air suspension that consistently keeps the vehicle leveled. Porsche says the new system offers an even wider range between comfort and sportiness as it can dampen impacts from transverse joints and road damage. At the same time, the air suspension provides more stability in dynamic driving situations.
The 2024 Porsche Panamera will go on sale next year with the European market set to receive it first. In fact, deliveries in The Old Continent will begin in March 2024. That means other markets like the Philippines can expect the all-new Panamera to arrive in late 2024 or sometime in early 2025.