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Late last year, we brought you spyshots of the second-generation Porsche Panamera undergoing endurance testing on the road. With that phase out of the way, Porsche has now moved on to putting the successor to the unusually-styled sedan through its next big obstacle – cold-weather testing.

The thinly-disguised mule shows the typical ‘evolutionary rather than revolutionary’ styling direction. The front sports a mildly redesigned grille and headlight outlook, while the biggest change could be found at the back where smaller tail lamps coupled to a streamlined boot design should result in a less off-putting bottom.

Under the skin is where the next-gen Panamera will show off its biggest raft of upgrades. Set to ride on the MSB platform, the new car is expected to weigh less than the out-going model – insiders are already speculating a drop of 91 kg from its kerb weight.

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A new range of engines are also set to debut on the new Porsche Panamera, with a variety of V6 and V8 mills being touted. The smaller engine is rumoured (most likely, though) to be employed as a platform for the plug-in hybrid version while a new, downsized twin-turbo V8 is set to replace the current 4.8 litre one.

All-wheel drive capability and semi-autonomous driving are both hotly rumoured to feature on the new Panamera. Elsewhere, goodies such as WiFi connectivity, a 3D sound system and wireless phone charging will further add to the tech arsenal on the new car.

With so many carmakers wanting a slice of the “niche market” cake, Porsche could also introduce a shooting brake version of the Panamera, likely to follow in the footsteps of the Sport Turismo concept. Don’t be surprised if we see a coupe variant that has the S-Class Coupe in its crosshair make its debut, as well.

GALLERY: Second-generation Porsche Panamera road testing