Porsche probably felt out of place after Volvo, Audi and BMW whipped out their own version of limos. As we know by now, Volvo’s S90 comes with an extended wheelbase as with BMW’s 7 Series and Audi’s A8 L. Because of this, Porsche will produce a more spacious Panamera similar to the Executive version’s first gen model. It goes without saying how a stretched out Porsche Panamera serves more legroom especially to those who are seated at the rear.
The new standard Panamera model comes with the 2,950 mm wheelbase, which is basically 30mm longer than its older version. However, the Panamera Executive will receive an additional 150mm totaling 3,100 mm. This measurement is virtually the same as the last model that came out of the Executive segment.
Its cabin features an optional larger centre console with a retractable set of tables. A highly impressive entertainment system includes a pair of 10.1 inch touch screen mounted on the backrests of the front seats. The luxurious rear cabin’s entertainment screen can be taken and used outside the vehicle.
The stretched out Panamera’s standard equipment consists of roll-up sunshades, electronically controlled heated front and rear seats and panoramic sunroof. The Panamera Executive owes its smooth and comfortable ride to the highly advanced adaptive air suspensions. Basically, the electronically adjustable damper system absorbs any bumps on the road, keeping everyone safe and sound throughout the trip.
There will be four different Panameras offering the Executive package. These are the Panamera Turbo, the Panamera 4S, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and the new Panamera 4. The Turbo variant and the 4S Executive will come with rear-axle steering and the advanced soft-close doors as standard features. As a matter of fact, the Panamera Turbo is already equipped with four-zone climate control, LED ambient lighting system and adaptive headlamps in LED.
Since all Executive Panameras will be using the same powertrains as those of its standard versions, we can expect the Turbo Executive to bear the same 550hp 4L V8 engine. The same goes for the 4S Executive with 440hp and 4E Hybrid Executive with 462hp. However, that won’t be the case with the new Panamera 4 as it comes with 330hp V6 engine. Porsche Panamera’s entry-level variant has been redeveloped and is also available in the standard rear-wheel-drive layout.
Porsche is currently expanding their Panameras, with about ten different models now on the line. But that’s not all. A new Panamera wagon is also expected to come by hopefully as early as next year. The Panamera with extended wheelbase will be showcased at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show this month.