Whether or not it's ever going to be built, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept sounds like it will be playing a pivotal role in upcoming Porsche products. Following the car's debut at the Paris Motor Show, Motor Trend sat down with Porsche AG President and CEO, Matthias Müller, to discuss where we might see elements from this stylish concept car in the future.

For those who liked the styling of the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept (and who wouldn't?) Müller said that the car's headlights and taillights will become part of the new design language on all future models. The taillights already pull from the 991 Porsche 911 and the headlights are very Boxster-like, but starting with the new Porsche Macan compact SUV, these two styling cues will be blended together to help create a new signature look for the brand. Up until now, Porsche has been trying to mimic the 911's styling on bigger cars, and while this idea seemed to work on the Cayenne, the Panamera's design has made it a controversial car to say the least.

One of the concept's key features was its plug-in hybrid drivetrain, and Müller confirmed that this system will make it into production next year on the Panamera (including in the U.S.) and then the following year for the Cayenne. He also stated that premium and "huge" cars are not quite ready for full battery-electric drive systems, so Porsche will continue to focus on plug-in hybrids over the next five to 10 years to balance fuel economy and performance.

Be sure to check out the full M/T interview with Müller and Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, for more juicy info on future Porsche models, including some talk on the 918 hybrid supercar.

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      Cory Stansbury
      • 2 Years Ago
      Way better looking and even more practical than the Panamera.
      Siafa Alvin
      • 2 Years Ago
      They'd be foolish not to make the Sport Tourismo. It's not my thing, personally, but I can see it being a homerun with a large demographic around the world.
      • 2 Years Ago
      As I suspected. This isn't a special edition Panamera, it is the new Panamera.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Boy howdy do I *like* this!
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is what the panamera should have been
      • 2 Years Ago
      This should have been the Panamera from the very beginning...FAR more appealing than the butt ugly current model.
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's actually not that ugly. It just does'nt photograph well. Looks good on the road.
          • 2 Years Ago
          couple of the bigwigs at work have a Panamera and a Jag XJL - usually they sit side by side in the Exec parking area. The Jag is a hands down winner on looks in my book.
      • 2 Years Ago
      its still friggin ugly....the panamera is the ugliest car ever made IMO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Notice how they said nothing of the most striking feature of the car...the back! Says to me that future non-911s will get the head lights and trim pieces, but the part of the car that makes a Panamera not ugly I doubt will make it to production.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just want to know if there will be a Panamera Shooting Brake!
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      I new it going to be new model to replace panamera, I'm waiting for this. Porsche design for sure , lot nicer than old panamera. I will get one, but need to sale my range rover .
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