Carefully placed black camouflage suggests most of the design changes are focused on the car’s front-end. They involve a reshaped lower air intake that flares outwards at the bottom, along with squarer air intakes and integrated LED running lights either side. At the rear, revised LED taillights are the only obvious tweaks.
If the redesign seems familiar, that’s because the Panamera Sport Turismo concept - revealed at the Paris Motor Show last September - not only previewed a possible shooting brake version for 2016, but gave us a sneak peak at how this facelifted car would look.
Look closely at our spy shots and you’ll notice there are two different models with slightly different front ends. One is the standard model, which will use updated versions of the existing V6 and V8 petrol and diesel engines, while the other features smaller air intakes with LED lights above them, as well as acid green brakes calipers – a trademark of all Porsche performance hybrids from now on.
This completely new ‘e-hybrid’ plug-in powertrain was also previewed by the Sport Turismo concept, and combines a 328bhp 3.0-litre V6 engine with a 94bhp electric motor. A bigger battery pack means it can cover 20 miles in EV mode, and at speeds of up to 75mph. Working together, the engine and motor will launch the Panamera from 0-62mph in less than six seconds, while returning fuel economy of 80mpg and CO2 emissions of 82g/km.