Next-generation Porsche Panamera will be based on MQB platform
Porsche, the German sports car manufacturer also increasingly active in the premium sector, will base the next-generation Panamera four-seater on a version of Volkswagen’s MQB platform.
Although Porsche is part of the Volkswagen Group, it’s relatively recent addition to the group means it has never needed to toe the VW Group line – unlike Audi or Seat, for instance, which track the Golf and Polo developments quite closely.
But Porsche will benefit from the fact that it will be using a bespoke variant of the MQB platform created specifically for front engine/rear drive cars, called MSB.
What is also interesting is that the Panamera will have to use a hybrid approach to material selection, due to more stringent crash requirements. This means that while much of the car will be made from lightweight aluminium, certain impact zones will have to constructed from high-strength steel.
We can also expect Porsche to change very little to the basic geometry of the executive sedan, as it will not want to disrupt the sales momentum the car has enjoyed. Sales have been 25 percent higher on average than even Porsche expected.
A similar but undated engine line-up is also expected, but instead of the Audi-sourced supercharged V6 serving the E-Hybrid, a new in-house Porsche-designed turbocharged V6 will be used.
The Hybrid is also expect to drop some of its weight as Porsche is forecasting that lithium-ion battery packs will increase their charging density by 15 percent every three years, which would translate into a 40 kg saving.
Trimming down the E-Hybrid’s mass would be a welcome development, as the current car weighs in at 2 095 kg, which is 285 kg heavier than the conventionally powered Panamera S.
The new Panamera is due sometime in between 2016 and 2017.