36 photos show many more exterior changes than what we’ve seen on previous prototypes.
Over the last few months, we’ve captured a few Porsche Panamera prototypes on video, revealing some small alterations. Our sources thought it was surprising (as did we) because the current Panamera isn’t even a year old, having launched with a minor redesign for the 2021 model year. Another makeover in such a short period of time isn’t unusual, but frequent sightings of new Panamera prototypes with significantly more alterations have us scratching our brains.
We now have a little different front fascia than previously, which isn’t a major problem. In the front, though, there are new headlights and fenders. Moving back, we notice a clear camouflage covering that hides the C-pillar, which wasn’t there before. The quarter panels have new fuel door designs, and black tape covers the rear clip, obscuring the taillight design as well as elements on the back fascia. On these prototypes, the hatchback is also different; it appears to be flush with the body.
We could be looking at an extensive facelift, but with so many exterior changes, a next-generation model seems more likely. That actually makes more sense, as we know Porsche development times can be quite lengthy when it comes to testing vehicles on public roads. As such, the previous sightings could’ve been test mules; existing models wearing a version of the new fascia. That would suggest larger changes underneath the skin, but at this early stage, our sources have no additional information other than what we see in these photos.
The current-generation Porsche Panamera debuted in 2016 as a 2017 model. The facelift followed in 2020 for the 2021 model year. If Porsche sticks to a schedule of updates every four years, the next Panamera wouldn’t debut until 2024. Unless this is some completely new Panamera trim level, that means a reveal could still be two years away.
In any case, tracking automakers during vehicle development isn’t an exact science. We will certainly keep investigating to see what’s in store for the Panamera’s future.