The second-generation Porsche Panamera is set to make its Malaysian debut soon, and its arrival has been teased on the Porsche Centre Malaysia Facebook page with a partial image of the new car above.

The exact Panamera line-up for Malaysia is yet to be revealed, but Porsche’s latest four-door made its global debut in three guises: the Panamera Turbo, Panamera 4S and Panamera 4S Diesel. All three are equipped with permanent all-wheel drive, and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox – the latter a first for a diesel Panamera.

The Panamera Turbo also features cylinder deactivation, which temporarily shuts down four out of its eight cylinders on part-throttle loads – a first for Porsche. Thus equipped, the 550 PS, 770 Nm 4.0 litre biturbo V8 manages a 30% improvement in fuel efficiency. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of 3.8 seconds (with a Sport Chrono Package present, 3.6 seconds) and a top speed of 306 km/h.

The 2.9 litre biturbo V6 in the Panamera 4S produces 440 PS and 550 Nm of torque, enabling the six-pot Panamera to run a 0-100 km/h time of 4.4 seconds (4.2 with the optional Sport Chrono pack) and a top speed of 289 km/h. The third of the global launch variants is the Panamera 4S Diesel, with 422 PS and 850 Nm of torque from its 4.0 litre sequential biturbo V8, for a 0-100 km/h time of 4.5 seconds (4.3 with Sport Chrono) and a 285 km/h top speed.

On the chassis side of things, rear axle steering is optional on the new Panamera, while suspension duties are handled by adaptive three-chamber air suspension units with Porsche Active Suspension Management (electronic damper control). Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and active roll stabilisation features here, as does a new electromechanical steering setup.

The Panamera interior goes further still for this new iteration, with a pair of digital displays each flanking the central analogue rev counter, while a 12.3-inch touchscreen takes pride of place in the centre of of the dashboard console, controlling functions of the new-generation Porsche Communication Management including navigation, Apple CarPlay and voice commands, among others.

Elsewhere, a thermal night vision assistant is optional, while Porsche InnoDrive builds upon adaptive cruise control by taking care of acceleration, deceleration, coasting and gear selection based on road conditions, for up to three kilometres at a time.

On last count, the previous-generation Panamera (codename 970) was priced from RM740k in Malaysia for the base Diesel model, going up to RM1.2 million for the Turbo – all before options. We’ll have to wait and see how the new 971 Panamera will be priced.

GALLERY: 971 Porsche Panamera