SPYSHOTS: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo facelift

SPYSHOTS: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo facelift

Introduced in 2017, The Panamera Sport Turismo is Porsche’s first wagon-esque model that is based on the second-generation Panamera, sporting a longer roofline and a tailgate with a lower loading edge for ease of cargo access and retrieval. Two years on, the 4+1 shooting brake has now been spotted undergoing development trials for a mid-lifecycle facelift.

What appears to be a Turbo-style front bumper is actually camouflage; The dual-strip DRLs appear to be fake stickers, with a rough-looking shroud applied to the central part of the front bumper around the license plate. The headlamp assembly with four-point LED DRLs appear similar to those on the present model.

The rear end of the Panamera Sport Turismo is also a work in progress. The rear lamp assembly appears mildly redesigned, where the central light strip now appears more integrated with the main tail lamp elements; these now appear closer to the upper edge where they were previously lower and surrounded by the outer loop.

SPYSHOTS: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo facelift

Possibly also a work in progress are the exhaust outlets; if this is in fact the top Turbo variant, it traditionally wears quad rectangular exhausts instead of the rounded outlets seen here. The adaptive, extendible roof spoiler appears to be carried over to the facelift here, which Porsche says adds up to 50 kg of downforce over the Sport Turismo’s rear axle.

Minor interior changes can be expected, such as the steering wheel which could adopt the design currently used in the 992-generation Porsche 911. On the powertrain front, the revised Panamera Sport Turismo is expected to adopt the mild-hybrid setup as seen on the latest Audi S6 and S7, our sources suggest, albeit pairing a 48-volt electrical architecture with the 2.9 litre biturbo V6 the companies currently use.

This should aid in both efficiency and emissions as well as boosting power and torque outputs, on top of the 440 PS and 550 Nm of torque the 2.9 litre biturbo V6 unit produced in ICE-only guise. The petrol units are also likely to gain particulate filters to further help with compliance to tightening emissions regulations.

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Mick Chan

Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.


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