Porsche has been trying to address many of the issues on the Porsche Panamera with the most predominant being the styling.
Apart from making huge leaps in terms of technology and performance, the new Porsche Panamera has also received many styling cues that help improve the looks of the vehicle massively. The Stuttgart-based company has not just offered a hybrid version of the vehicle which will succeed the Panamera S E-Hybrid. The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is expected to make its debut at the Paris auto show with elements like more performance, all-wheel drive, and more range from the electric motor.
The outgoing Panamera S E-Hybrid was far from being a great hybrid on the market, which is especially surprising considering the quality of the manufacturer. Several disadvantages on this model are likely to be addressed on the 2018 version. The powertrain is set to receive a new 2.9 L, V6 motor with twin turbocharges to produce a whopping 330 bhp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor on the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is also new and it develops 136 bhp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The total power, which exceeds 450 bhp, is sent to the four wheels through an eight speed automatic transmission. This PDK dual clutch gearbox will ensure extremely fast gear change times and the vehicle is expected to clock 0 to 60 mph in around 4.5 seconds.
The top speed of the vehicle is expected to be around 175 mph while it will be able to soak all the undulations using the standard air suspension. Comparatively, the older Panamera S E-Hybrid hit the 0 to 60 mph figure in around 5.2 seconds while also clocking only around 167 mph as a top speed. One of the biggest disadvantages, though, was the engine decoupler that failed to make the transmission from electric to engine driven power smoothly. A new system now makes it extremely smooth, according to Porsche.
The pure electric range on the vehicle has been improved to 31 miles from the earlier 22 miles. This has been achieved without an additional weight gain, which has been a major factor in improving performance figures. The vehicle can be fully charged in around six hours using a 230-volt system. The vehicle is expected to be priced around $100,000 for the base variants when it is likely to be available in the second quarter of 2017.