Anton Andres / Porsche | November 11, 2016 09:26
Porsche expands Panamera lineup with long wheelbase model
Porsche is gradually expanding the Panamera lineup with the introduction of a long wheelbase version for their E-Segment offering. The extended Panamera is slated to make its public debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show this month.
This is not the first time Porsche will be offering an longer version of the Panamera as the previous generation also received the same treatment back in 2014. Porsche calls their longer Panamera the Executive and will be available in the Panamera 4, the 4S, E-Hybrid, and Turbo. Even with the Panamera's sporting intentions, the Panamera Executive puts further focus on the rear occupants by adding more luxuries in the four-door Porsche.
The Panamera Executive benefits from an additional 150 mm extension of its wheelbase, allowing for more stretch out room for the rear passengers. It also gets a host of interior amenities standard that are otherwise optional in the regular wheelbase Panamera. Heated seats for both front and rear, a large panoramic roof, two captain's chairs for the rear passengers with multi-way function and air suspension on all corners come standard in the long wheelbase Panamera.
Opt for the Panamera 4S and Turbo Executive and it gains rear wheel steering as well as soft-closing doors standard. In addition, the Panamera Turbo Executive gets four-zone climate control, LED headlights, and ambient interior lighting. An option for all Panamera Executive models is the Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment system that upgrades the audio system and adds a 10-inch screen for the passengers.
Porsche will also be introducing a new base engine for the Panamera. Replacing the naturally aspirated 3.6 liter V6 is a new twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter V6 mill that produces 326 PS. The automaker adds that it gains 20 PS over the 3.6 liter V6, as well as improvements to fuel economy.