Recently, Porsche has been gaining great appreciations with the cohesive styling of the new Panamera along with significant improvements in technology and performance. This luxury family sedan is now getting a 4th generational upgrade in the form of 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.
The motive behind this new model is to succeed the outgoing S E-Hybrid and take on its other German competitors.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Exterior Design
Inside the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, there’s a two-screen display system which shows digital data readouts for the amount of electrical energy used and restored. The overall gauge cluster is now more functional and easy to read out as bespoke power meters are used.
The rest of the cabin layout and styling is a carryover from the non-hybrid model with a moderate redesign. Highlights of this cabin include a clean dashboard, a sporty steering wheel (similar to 918 Spyder) and a wide center console which integrate 2 cup holders. Revisions have been done on the front and rear seats as well.
As to its exterior styling, 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid wears a pronounced look and is largely similar to the standard Panamera. It’s just the “e-hybrid” badges on the front fenders that create a difference. The front door features prominent creases, and its C-pillar gets new styling with quarter windows.
Under its hood
The old Panamera S E-Hybrid was Porsche’s best effort, and the company is up for setting new benchmarks with the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. To do so, this new model will get a 2.9 liter V6 twin-turbo engine which is set to churn out 330 HP of power and 332 lb-ft of torque.
Joining this engine is a new electric motor which is designed to produce a power of 136 HP and a torque of 295 lb-ft. In total, the final output figures will stay around 462 HP and 516 lb-ft. According to recent reports, this 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will complete 0 to 60 mph sprint in about 4.5 seconds, and its top speed will be limited to around 173 mph. The hybrid powertrain is using an 8-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission to send power to all its four wheels.
The motor’s 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery unit is liquid cooled and requires 5.8 hours for a full charge. There are 4 new driving modes which include Hybrid Auto, E-Power, E-Charge and E-Hold. According to company insiders, this new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid starts in the E-Power putting the powertrain in full electric mode. With increase in battery capacity, electric drive range is improved to 31 miles from S E-Hybrid’s 22 miles range.
Price and Competition
Following the Paris debut, 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is expected to go on sale by the 2nd quarter of 2017. No official word on pricing is still available, however, expect it to start from around $100,000. At this range, this new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is set to compete against the likes of Tesla Model S and BMW 5 Series.