The latest shots of the facelifted Porsche Panamera winter testing
17 January 2013

The forthcoming facelifted Porsche Panamera has been spotted winter testing.

Porsche is in the latter stages of developing a series of mid-life revisions for its best-selling Porsche Panamera model. As well as a revised headlight design and new front bumper the Panamera’s controversial rear end gets a ‘tail lift’.

The new images show the aesthetic revisions to the rear end, including the new light signature of the rear lamp clusters.

The car's rear bumper moulding stands proud of the lower tailgate and the numberplate plinth. The overall effect gives the Panamera a more four-square, planted, stance.

The tweaked Panamera is expected to be unveiled at the Shanghai motor show in April.

At the moment, the big hatchback is Porsche’s second biggest-selling model after being overtaken by the Cayenne SUV which, in recent months, accounted for over 50 per cent of all Porsche sales.

Porsche has had to add a third shift at the Leipzig plant that builds the Panamera and Cayenne in order to meet the booming demand.

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3 January 2012

Theres no denying the Panamera is a brilliant car, i just cant get past the looks though, so hopefully this face lift will make it alot better to look at...well i cant get any worse can it?

3 January 2012

[quote Autocar]As well as a revised headlight design and new front bumper the Panamera’s controversial rear end will get a ‘tail lift’.[/quote]

Can they make it any uglier? The back end of the current Cayenne suggests yes. Very low expectations for this pugly car!

3 January 2012

The major issues with the styling are metal work related on this car, something which no amount of bumper redesigning is going to fix! Hopefully the next generation of this model will be an improvement though.

 

 

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18 January 2013

TegTypeR@

So, the Range Rover for instance is a Catwalk model in comparison?

Peter Cavellini.

3 January 2012

If you still think of Russia as being a communist state - do visit us in St. Petersburg, where you will find several Panamera's knocking around amongst AMG's and Vogues sports etc with more Bentley than you can shake a fist at.

Changing the Panamera;s so called "midlife" joke I am sure - is simply a way of getting the well heeled and fashion minded to chuck out their wallets and upgrade to stay ahead of the throng (meaning the likes of you and me). Sadly the motor industry is getting too fashion minded - but I suppose that the massive profits generated keen the bosses in clover!

3 January 2012

[quote Autocar]the big hatchback is Porsche’s second biggest-selling model after being overtaken by the Cayenne SUV which, in recent months, accounted for over 50 per cent of all Porsche sales[/quote]

I feel sick after reading that. They are not even "real" Porsches, ferchristsakes!

DKW

3 January 2012

It's not conclusive from these shots, but it looks as if the rear now looks more conventional. I'm not sure I'll like that, I like the Panamera as it is, and approve of Porsche doing their own thing. The sales figures seem to support their approach.

3 January 2012

I quite like the porsche panamera and the aston martin rapide. I think they are both elegant 4 seater luxury cars. I'm not sure why they get such a slating. For millionaires and billionaires £100k is pocket change. What else are they going to buy ?

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3 January 2012

No question that the mechanics in this car is, and will be superb, but as for the exterior... ...the only thing that is, and will be good is the badge on the bonnet.

Myk

3 January 2012

A bumper revision, although quite radical apparently, really isn't going to be enough to remedy the looks of the Panamera. The styling issues are far too deep-rooted for that and go back to the basics of the shape and surfacing. Porsche need to think really hard when they replace this car. Sadly I don't think they will.

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