The upcoming 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is expected to come as the replacement for the Porsche’s previous model, the Panamera S E-Hybrid. The German manufacturer claims that the new vehicle will perform better, have more power, and be more efficient. It will also sport a revamped, more athletic design. The design, while enhanced, will still represent Porsche’s vision of a sport sedan car. However, the main feature of this car would have to be its electric motor. It will significantly enhance the performance and decrease fuel consumption.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid – Design
The new 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid aims to represent a combination of a sedan and the Porsche 911. Its most notable exterior feature is the length. This extension needs to provide as much comfort and space, as any other top-of-the-line sedan on the market. Other characteristic features include green brake calipers and specially designed green badges. The front of the car is dominated by stylish fenders, decorated with small e-hybrid badges. Similarly, the rear end is also decorated with the model designation and the badges, all colored in acid-green. The glasshouse is wrapped with a matte black trim, while the wheels are standard 19 inches. There is an option with bigger wheels, as well.
The interior of the upcoming Panamera shares the same styling choices as its exterior. As a combination of luxury and sporty aesthetics, it aims to provide maximum comfort and thrill of driving. It is mostly dominated by chrome and high-quality leather. First looks claim that it will offer more than enough leg room and head space for the driver, as well as passengers. The new Panamera also comes equipped with state-of-the-art electronic and infotainment systems.
To assist the driver, a new two-screen display system presents all the vital digital readouts. These include currently used and recovered energy, a boost assistant, and also the remaining electric range. Additional tech features include the Porsche Communication Management system (PCM) with an online navigational module. Also, there is a wireless internet access, an autonomous cruise control function, Apple Car Play and Connect Plus. All of these features are controlled from a central control panel, which uses touch-screen technology.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid – Engine and Performance
The most noteworthy feature of the new 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, is its engine. The Panamera’s powertrain is a hybrid of a standard, V-6 engine, and also an electric one powered by a 14.1 kWh battery pack. The standard is a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 engine. According to the tests, it is capable of producing almost 462 hp, and a max torque of 516 lb-ft. The electric engine is capable of producing an output of 100 kW (around 136 hp), and a max torque of 295 lb-ft. To go alongside these engines, however, Porsche has decided to use a brand new 8-speed dual clutch transmission. Using only the electric engine, it is estimated that the new Panamera can drive in excess of 31 miles.
The top speed provided by the electric engine alone is around 86 mph.To fully charge the engine, it will take approximately 12.5 hours to a 120-volt outlet. Hence, with all these specs combined, the car is expected to go from 0 to 62 miles in 4.5 seconds, with a max speed of 173 mph.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid – Price and Release Date
While the exact release date hasn’t been confirmed yet, the new Panamera is scheduled to hit the market in the second quarter of 2017. The price for the standard version will be around 100.500$, and more for the premium versions.