The structure will feature a hybrid material approach forced by more demanding crash regulations. Aluminium will be used to keep weight down, while high-strength steel will be feature for certain parts of the crash structure.
The next Panamera will also remain true to the current car’s packaging concept, in which four low-mounted seats flank a central spine running through the cockpit.
Porsche is keen to maintain the recipe for the Panamera because the car has been a bigger success for the brand than expected. More than 100,000 Panameras have been sold in the four years since its launch, around 25 per cent more than the company had originally expected.
The biggest market for the Panamera is now China, which has prompted Porsche to introduce a long-wheelbase version. Porsche has already hinted strongly at a Gran Turismo estate version of the next model, while a shorter two-door coupé and a cabriolet can’t be ruled out, either.