Porsche will officially unveil the refreshed 2014 Panamera at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month, and there's a whole lot in store for the updated model, far beyond the minimal styling tweaks you see here. Sure, there's a new fascia with more prominent LED lighting (including full LED headlamps) and the rump has been tweaked ever so slightly, but the big news for 2014 concerns what's underneath that rakish skin.

First up, Porsche will now offer a Panamera S E-Hybrid model – a plug-in hybrid that builds on the technology first introduced in the Panamera S Hybrid that we tested in 2011. For this new application, a more powerful electric motor and higher-performance battery have been fitted (official specs have not been released just yet), and Porsche says the battery can be recharged in just two and a half hours when the car is plugged in to a 240-volt outlet, and the charging (as well as other vehicle data) can be monitored via a new Porsche Car Connect app available for Android and iOS devices.

The E-Hybrid will have an all-electric driving range of "greater than 20 miles" and will be able to travel at speeds up to 84 miles per hour solely on electric power.

As for performance, the E-Hybrid will reportedly have an all-electric driving range of "greater than 20 miles" and will be able to travel at speeds up to 84 miles per hour solely on electric power. And because this is a Porsche, performance has not suffered – the automaker says the Panamera S E-Hybrid will be able to hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 167 mph. Total system output for the E-Hybrid is rated at 416 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque, and an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission will be used with this application.

Speaking of performance, Porsche will be offering a new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine in the Panamera, which replaces the naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 from the S and 4S models. This new engine is good for a power increase of 20 horsepower and 15 pound-feet over that V8 (bringing the final numbers up to 420 and 383, respectively). While official fuel economy numbers haven't been released just yet, we're told that this new engine, combined with the standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and auto start/stop, will offer significant fuel economy improvements.

Lastly, and perhaps most fitting to the car's planned debut in China, Porsche will be offering extended-wheelbase versions of both the Panamera 4S and Turbo. Called the Executive models, these cars offer 5.9 inches of extra length in the wheelbase, and come standard with "an extensive range of standard features," including Porsche's adaptive air suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).

The 2014 Panamera will go on sale in the US starting late in 2013, priced from $78,100 for the base model and reaching as high as $161,100 for the Turbo Executive. That nifty new E-Hybrid comes in at $99,000, and other models like the GTS and Turbo are priced from $113,400 and $141,300, respectively. (All prices do not include $975 for destination and handling.) Have a look below at Porsche's press release for the full pricing information, as well as the full smattering of details.
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The new Porsche Panamera

New Plug-in Hybrid and Extended Wheelbase Variants Added to Revised Panamera Range


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Porsche is introducing its first plug-in hybrid and two new extended wheelbase variants with the second generation of the Panamera. The new Panamera S E-Hybrid produces 416 total system horsepower and is joined by Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive models in the revised Panamera lineup.

Further, S models are now powered by an entirely new 3.0-liter V6 engine with twin turbochargers. The broadest model range in its class has been further expanded, now consisting of nine models for the U.S. market. New and further-developed technologies offer improved performance while also enhancing fuel efficiency and comfort. The new Panamera is characterized by tighter lines, more pronounced contours and newly shaped body elements. The refreshed Panamera celebrates its world debut at Auto China in Shanghai, which opens on April 21, where further details on the new models will be revealed.

Panamera S E-Hybrid sets new standards in performance, efficiency, and convenience in everyday use.

The new Panamera S E-Hybrid improves upon the concept offered by the previous Panamera S Hybrid with a more powerful electric motor, a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and is able be recharged from home or public vehicle charging stations. The electric drive produces 95 hp, more than double the power of the previous model's electric motor (47 hp). Electricity is stored in a newly developed lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has increased capacity over the previous battery (1.7 kWh). Via the integrated on-board charging componentry and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC), the battery can reach full charge within approximately two and a half hours when connected to a 240V power source.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid expands upon the driving performance of the previous generation, while fuel consumption is reduced when compared to the previous Panamera S Hybrid. Final U.S. EPA fuel economy ratings will be available closer to launch. Simultaneously, its electric-only driving performance is substantially improved, enhancing acceleration, range, and top speed. Electric-only driving is possible without any fuel consumption or local emissions, which is especially advantageous in city driving. The electric driving range of the Panamera S E-Hybrid is estimated to be greater than 20 miles based upon current NEDC testing. Driving range may vary in real world operation, due to the effects of environmental conditions, terrain, air conditioning and heating use, driving style and other factors. The Panamera S E-Hybrid can reach up to 84 mph in all-electric operation.

The Panamera S E-hybrid is capable of accelerating from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, an improvement of a half second when compared to the Panamera S Hybrid. An electric boost function helps in instances where maximum acceleration is desired, when the electric motor works in tandem with the combustion engine during acceleration. Electric boost is also available when a kick-down switch in the throttle pedal is activated by the driver during acceleration.

The car's top track speed is 167 mph. The parallel full hybrid system developed by Porsche also offers "coasting" at higher speeds, a mode wherein the internal combustion engine is turned off and the electric motors use vehicle momentum to generate electricity that is stored in the lithium-ion battery.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid also includes an entirely new range of convenience functions which can be activated and operated by Porsche Car Connect, a mobile app available for Android and iOS-powered devices. These functions include a charge status indicator and the ability to control the vehicle's new auxiliary climate control option, which enables vehicle preheating or cooling via the Porsche Car Connect app. These functions can also be programmed from inside the vehicle. A mobile device may also be used for remote access to vehicle information, such as remaining driving range or vehicle location. Other functions not specific to the hybrid drive will also be available as options for other Panamera models via the Porsche Car Connect mobile app.

Long wheelbase, spacious rear seating area: Executive models feature extra comfort

The two full-sized rear bucket seats offered in the Panamera have proven so successful that Porsche is expanding this generous rear passenger compartment room with two new Panamera Executive models. The new Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive models feature a wheelbase extended by 5.9 inches, enabling even more rear seating comfort and come with an extensive range of standard features. For example, all Executive models are equipped with Adaptive air-suspension featuring Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which combines superior performance and enhanced ride comfort.

More performance and efficiency in a smaller powerplant: the new twin-turbo V6 engine

Increasing both performance and efficiency has long been a core Porsche philosophy. In the new Panamera, this approach takes form in a 3.0-liter V6 engine with twin turbochargers. The twin-turbo V6 replaces the naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 engine in the previous-generation Panamera S and Panamera 4S. The new bi-turbo engine is also used in the Executive version of the Panamera 4S. The engine's figures themselves are indicators of progress: increases of 20 hp and 15 lb-ft torque when compared to the outgoing V8 engine. Carefully-managed turbocharging ensures that the maximum 384 lb-ft torque is available across most of the twin-turbo V6's operating range.

With the exception of the Panamera S E-Hybrid, all Panamera models are equipped with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK); the Panamera S E-Hybrid uses the eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic. The PDK transmission works in tandem with other vehicle systems to enhance fuel savings in the new generation Panamera. For example, the optimized engine Auto Start Stop feature now turns the engine off earlier while coasting to a stop. With the exception of the Panamera GTS, models with PDK also offer a coasting function in which the clutches open in overrun allowing the engine to idle and the vehicle to coast freely. This function can significantly improve fuel economy, especially when traveling on the highway.

Revised exterior with a new option: LED headlights

Exterior design changes of the new Panamera are extensive. The tighter and more prominent lines up front are especially apparent in the larger air intakes and the transition to the headlights. Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of the new generation Panamera is a new trunk lid; its laterally stretched glass emphasizes the vehicle's width and makes for a more aggressive stance. Rear body proportions were also changed. A larger automatically deploying spoiler and a tighter transition to the rear lights complement the treatment at the front of the vehicle noted above.

The new Panamera continues the tradition of multiple options that enable owners to customize the look and function of their vehicles. Full-LED headlights, which lend the new generation a striking appearance, are now an option.

In addition, an expanded lineup of assistance systems is available for safety and convenience. The revised adaptive cruise control system is now offered with Porsche Active Safe (PAS). This system visually and audibly alerts the driver in the event of a sudden decrease in following distance and briefly tugs on the brakes. It can also intervene in the braking process and apply increased braking pressure in an emergency braking situation, if required. Another new feature, camera-based lane departure warning, offers greater convenience and safety in city and highway travel.

The new generation of Panamera models will be available starting late in 2013. Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive variants will be available in 2014. Pricing details are as follows:

Panamera -- $78,100
Panamera 4 -- $82,800
Panamera S -- $93,200
Panamera 4S -- $98,300
Panamera S E-Hybrid -- $99,000
Panamera GTS -- $113,400
Panamera 4S Executive -- $125,600
Panamera Turbo -- $141,300
Panamera Turbo Executive -- $161,100

*Base pricing does not include options, taxes, dealer charges, and a destination fee of $975.


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      CJ_313
      • 1 Year Ago
      I\'m still not a fan of the styling in general, but the updated head lights and tail lights are definitely an improvement to me, they look much better now.
      GN
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty nice car. Love the "refresh".
      Ian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Keeping in mind that this is merely a placeholder model until the new one arrives (2016.) Porsche has no doubt learned a great deal from feedback on this car, so expect the next gen to be a completely different machine. http://i.imgur.com/2ZeZe9m.jpg
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ian
        If it doesn't look like the Sport Turismo concept, they haven't learned a thing. People went crazy for that.
          kraenk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          The turbo front looks exactly like the concept. Sadly no pics on autoblog. The hatch will be available with the next gen
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the idea of an LWB Panamera.
      Hallelu Yar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Waiting on Grand Turismo...looks promising.
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey Porsche, this is nice and all, but you know that Panamera Sport Turismo concept you showed at Geneva a year or so ago? Could y'all hurry up with making the next gen Panamera look like that?
        Ian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        The metal work will be quite the same as on that concept, minus the wagon. Patience.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ian
          >minus the wagon ****. THAT. The wagon aspect was the thing everyone liked!
      alistair.dillingham
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll take the excellent Panamera non-hybrid DIESEL over the idiotic Plug-in every time. ANd not only will I save $50k, I bet I will have far better MPG too!!!
      xcatchmyshadowx
      • 1 Year Ago
      nice but i want to see the Sport Turismo Concept make it into production
        lpattis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xcatchmyshadowx
        Absolutely yes...a *much* better looking car, and more functional, to boot...
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Makes the Model S sound affordable, it has a better price/performance ratio.
        vedi123
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        It´s a Porsche not a Tesla, you have to pay for that.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 1 Year Ago
          @vedi123
          Just because it says 'Porsche' on the back, eh?
          vedi123
          • 1 Year Ago
          @vedi123
          quality, prestige, refinement, heritage, handling.. this thing drives circles around the Model S on a track.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @vedi123
          No, you don't HAVE to pay for that. You can ignore such sillyness like rational person.
      matt_shift
      • 1 Year Ago
      China asks for more luxury vehicles and they get them. China asks for long wheelbase models for every vehicle, and they get them. North America asks for a few more MT tranny cars, diesels, basically things offered in others markets already, but we still get crapped on. Oh, the Panamera is still a cow in looks and weight. Still waiting for the Sport Turismo as a real update.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @matt_shift
        They're also willing to pay thousands of extra dollars for extended wheelbase models. If you have $10k to spend and want a manual transmission, I'm sure someone can install one for you.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @matt_shift
        [blocked]
        waetherman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @matt_shift
        That's because when they ask for it, they actually buy it, unlike the manual turbo diesel wagon lovers here.
      MMM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nope. You just made a stupid statement and clearly you have no taste in cars. Panamera is an instant classic and will be treasured same was as 928 was...
        alistair.dillingham
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MMM
        You mean the 911, NOT the utter failure 928 two-door four-seater. The Panamera corrects many of the 928s failings, but if it also depreciates like a rock (unllike the 911!), I'll jump in and buy me one at bargain basement prices.
        CarNutMike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MMM
        Satire? I can never tell. Off to find some "treasured" $4500 928 classics on craigslist.
          Jackie Ashley Wolf
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarNutMike
          They cost that because of the pricey repairs NO ONE could ever keep up with. If you have the big coin to maintain a 928, you'll learn that indeed it is a classic to be treasured, not only remembered for being an utterly failed 911 successor like many knuckleheads repeat over and over again, but for being the ONLY sports car ever to win the European Car Of The Year Award back in 1979.
      RamSport
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still one of the ugliest cars on the road...anywhere
        vripper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RamSport
        I've seen plenty of these and I have no reason to argue with you.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @vripper
          i bet you guys hate wagons as well
          RamSport
          • 1 Year Ago
          @vripper
          Actually, I like most wagons and in particular, the Dodge Magnum SRT8. Plus, for this kind of money, I'd get an Aston Martin Rapide! MUCH better looking car IMHO
        MMM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RamSport
        Can't afford one? By far the best looking 4 door out there!!!
          RamSport
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MMM
          Three words...Aston Martin Rapide!!!
          vripper
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MMM
          That's right Dr. MMM, please psychoanalyze this for all of us car enthusiasts as to why our taste in cars is in relation to what we can afford. I'm sorry I hurt your feelings and disagreed with your taste in cars.
          vripper
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MMM
          Exactly. Aston all the way.
        Jason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RamSport
        Have you ever seen it on the road in motion? Every time I see it I find it to be a striking looking car, one that definitely stands out and looks special. I would be proud to drive one.
          vripper
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jason
          Yes, I have seen them in motion. It's definitely striking and it stands out...like a whale on the road. It's nothing personal, just my opinion.
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