New Porsche Panamera spy photos may show next-gen model, not facelift

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Update: Added 22 new spy images to the photo gallery.

We’ve filmed a few Porsche Panamera prototypes over the past few months, hiding some minor changes. Our spy sources found it all a little odd (as did we) since the current Panamera isn’t old at all, having debuted for the 2021 model year with a modest facelift. Another facelift in such a short time is not unheard of, but multiple sightings of new Panamera prototypes with far more changes have us scratching our heads.

Now we see a front fascia that looks a bit different than before, which is okay. However, there are also new headlights and fenders on the front. Going back further we see an obvious camo cover hiding the C-pillar, something that wasn’t there before. The side panels are different with new fuel door designs, and black tape covers the rear clip, hiding the taillight design as well as rear fascia detailing. The tailgate is also different; it looks more flush to the body on these prototypes.

We could be looking at a full facelift, but with so many exterior changes, a next-gen model seems more likely. It actually makes more sense, because we know that Porsche’s development times can be quite long when it comes to testing vehicles on public roads. As such, previous sightings could have been test mules; existing models wearing a version of the new fairing. This would suggest more significant changes under 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. While Porsche sticks to a schedule of updates every four years, the The next Panamera won’t debut until 2024. Unless it’s an all-new Panamera trim level, that means a reveal could still be two years away.

In any case, monitoring car manufacturers during the development of a vehicle is not an exact science. We will certainly continue to investigate to see what lies ahead for the future of the Panamera.

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