Is set to come in for a subtle facelift as it reaches the midway point in its life cycle, as evidenced by camouflaged prototypes spotted near the German automaker's headquarters, Porsche's second-generation Panamera.

Still feels fresh, the second-generation Panamera, even when compared to newer rivals like the Mercedes CLS, AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, and BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe, but Porsche is already looking to give the swoopy liftback an update. Now the time has come to check out the standard variant while out and about testing with some sneaky camouflage, we’ve already seen spy shots of the more practical wagon version Sport Turismo in Porsche’s vocabulary.

Arrived in 2016 the current Panamera, as a 2017 model, so we'll likely see this updated one in 2020 as a 2021 model.

New fascias front and rear, have the prototypes. Also have been the taillights tweaked and feature a new design for the center strip joining the individual light clusters, which will likely be similar to the design used on the latest versions of Porsche's Cayenne and Macan SUVs.

Whatever changes appear should also feature on the Panamera's Sport Turismo wagon body style, note.

More power added to the various models in the Panamera line, which is usually the case with any Porsche mid-cycle facelift, we should see also.

2021 Porsche Panamera Engine

Currently the range starts with a 330-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 in the base Panamera and tops out with a 680-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 and plug-in hybrid setup in the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.

The addition of a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and perhaps even the use of electric compressors is one of possibility.

Starting to introduce mild-hybrid systems more automakers. This is essentially a beefed-up starter motor that can aid the engine during high loads and recover energy under braking and coasting. t can also power an electric compressor that helps build boost pressure in force-fed engines before revs rise and a conventional supercharger or turbocharger takes over, in some cases. Underpinning the current Panamera is a modern platform developed by Porsche and shared with Bentley, as well. The platform in shortened form is utilized in Bentley's Continental GT, and there are rumors that this shortened version could eventually underpin a modern successor to the Porsche 928 to take on the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso and Aston Martin DB11.

Still feels fresh, the second-generation Panamera, even when compared to newer rivals like the Mercedes CLS, AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, and BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe, but Porsche is already looking to give the swoopy liftback an update, too. How we’ve already seen spy shots of the more practical wagon version (Sport Turismo in Porsche’s vocabulary), and now the time has come to check out the standard variant while out and about testing with some sneaky camouflage.

Could This Be The Future Of Porsche?

Sneaky because at a first glance, the prototype appears to be virtually undisguised, as well. If we zoom in and you’ll notice there’s a lot of black tape on the front bumper as well as on the tailgate, while the taillights seem to feature those fake stickers to conceal the real design, too. The large 21-inch wheels hint at a higher-spec variant, with our money being on the flagship Turbo S E-Hybrid judging by the lime green brake calipers. The angular quad exhaust tips also lead us to believe this is the cream of the crop, in addition. Spy images of the interior are not available at this point, but chances are the updates will be kept down to a minimum since the current Panamera still has an exquisite. Porsche was testing out something as we can see a blue wire attached to some sort of device on the dashboard, specifically on top of the instrument cluster. The mid - cycle refresh for the Panamera might come along with an extended lineup taking into account the rumor mill is saying Porsche has plans for two-door coupe and convertible versions, as well. As 2020, the 928’s spiritual successor together with its droptop counterpart will allegedly be out as early, which would coincide with the facelift. We’d take this rumor with the proverbial pinch of salt as we haven’t seen any prototypes so far of what some folks are tentatively calling the 929, that being said. The Panamera facelift will reportedly be unveiled before the year’s end with mild-hybrid technology for better low-end response and improved efficiency, meanwhile.

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