News on the next Porsche Taycan, and an electric Panamera


The next Porsche Panamera would be 100% electric and would share its platform with the Taycan II. It would be a Sport variant of Volkswagen’s SSP architecture.

Autocar’s British journalists say they have some information on the manufacturer’s future electric sedans from a high-placed source at Porsche. Yes, « the », because in addition to the renewal of the Taycan, the next generation of Panamera would do without a heat engine. Expected for 2027, these two cars would be based on a Sport version of the SSP modular platform for electric vehicles currently being developed by Volkswagen. The standard SSP architecture is to be inaugurated in 2026 by a compact Volkswagen sedan codenamed Trinity, and Porsche would oversee the creation of the SSP Sport. The Zuffenhausen firm would include a relatively thin battery under the floor as well as rear footwells similar to that of the current Taycan (J1 platform) so that the models resting on it offer a seat and a low center of gravity in phase with their sport orientation. For the future Taycan like the next Panamera, configurations with one or two engines, therefore two or four-wheel drive, would be offered. Their battery would benefit from a voltage of 800 V, as is already the case with the Taycan, enough to allow relatively fast charging on the appropriate terminals.

A bigger electric Panamera

The next standard Porsche Panamera would be about 15 cm longer than the current one, thus adopting dimensions close to those of the Executive variant of its predecessor, 5.20 m long. This would allow the large sedan to better stand out from the Taycan (whose first iteration is 4.96 m long) and position itself in direct competition with the Mercedes EQS (5.22 m).

By gaining a few centimeters in length, the new generation Porsche Panamera would come into direct confrontation with the Mercedes EQS, pictured here.
By gaining a few centimeters in length, the new generation Porsche Panamera would come into direct confrontation with the Mercedes EQS, pictured here.©Mercedes

Porsche would plan to keep the current Panamera, offered in thermal as in plug-in hybrid, in the catalog for a few years alongside its electric replacement. A new restyling would be planned for her. The German manufacturer will adopt the same strategy with the Macan, the second generation of which will also be electric. The manufacturer’s « zero emission » range will also consist of future 718s, announced for the middle of this decade, and an opulent SUV. In 2030, Porsche is counting on 80% of its annual sales with electric models, and the 911 could be the only one to still remain faithful to thermal.

Published on 02/09/2022 Updated 02/09/2022



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