With the sedan segment being hit hard by the SUV rage and now the COVID-19 pandemic, the pricier section is doing even worse. But automakers are not pulling a full stop when it comes to updating their products. Hence the German Automaker, Porsche, is all set to launch it's a full-sized luxury sedan, the 2021 Panamera.

Revealed in 2009 at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show in Shanghai, China, the Panamera is Porsche's brainchild from 989 concept vehicles from the late 1980s. It received a significant redesign in 2016, which has remained more or less unchanged. Porsche has sold only 1,185 units of the Panamera in 2020, which is mostly due to the pandemic situation prevailing in the country.

2021 Porsche Panamera 

To boost up the sales, Porsche launched a plug-in hybrid version, the Panamera S E-Hybrid, in the U.S. market in 2013. It goes up against cars such as the Audi S7, BMW M5, and Mercedes AMG GT 63. The 2021 Panamera is expected to come with minor changes, especially in terms of the trim line-up. Hence, let us look at what you can expect from the 2021 Porche Panamera and if it will be worth waiting for it. 

What's New in 2021 Panamera?

The 2021 Panamera is expected to come with a better aerodynamic package. 2021 model will also have new trims to choose from which are as below:

  • Panamera 10 years edition
  • Panamera 4
  • Panamera 4 10 years edition
  • Panamera 4 Executive
  • Panamera 4S
  • Panamera 4S Executive

Price

Starting at about $87,200 for the base model, the price of the 2021 Panamera will go up to $163,400 (Excluding additional packages). These are the prices of the 2020 model year as well, and as there is not much change in prices expected, the 2021 trims shall cost the same. Apart from the generic trims, the 2021 Panamera will come in the form of GTS, Turbo, and E-Hybrid models.

Release Date

Nothing on official confirmation of launch or production of the 2021 Panamera but we expect the car to launch either in 2021 of late 2020 due to the pandemic. There are also the rumors of the car arriving very soon this year, but we cannot confirm as there is no reliable source as of now.

Engine and Performance

The 2021 Panamera will be offered with the same engine options. The base Panamera gets a 330-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 along with a rear-wheel-drive setup. Moving to the mid-trim level with the Panamera 4, you get an option of the all-wheel-drive setup. If you want an even better performing Porsche, then the Panamera 4S will do the job which comes with a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 engine and churns out 440-hp of power.

On the other hand, the GTS model bumps the strength to about 453-hp offering an additional 13 hp with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine. It also provides a sports suspension, which is stiffer and provides better handling. The Panamera also offers a Hybrid setup, which generates 462-hp. 

2021 Porsche Panamera V6 Powertrain

Its electric motor offers a range of about 14 miles when running purely on electric power. The 8-speed automatic transmission provides a slick shift and fun to drive experience. With the sheer number of trims on offer, the Panamera cover all spectrum of performance for its price point.

The Panamera 4S is capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in about 5.3 seconds, while the more expensive GTS model takes 3.5 seconds to reach the 60 mph. According to some rumors, Porsche is developing the most track-focused Panamera which will generate a massive 820 hp of power. It is also rumored to break the four-door lap saloon track record at the Nurburgring. 

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera

2020 Audi S7

2020 BMW M5

Mercedes-AMG GT63

MSRP

$91,800

$83,900

$102,700

$137,495

Engine

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6

Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8

Drivetrain

All Wheel

All Wheel

All Wheel

All Wheel

Transmission

Auto-Shift Manual w/OD

Automatic w/OD

Automatic w/OD

Automatic w/OD

Power(hp@RPM)

440 @ 5650

444@5700

617 @ 6000

577 @ 5500

Torque(lb-ft@RPM)

406 @ 2000

443@5700

553 @ 1800

590 @ 2500

The M5 offers the most amount of power and is also the most engaging car to drive here. It merely is unmatchable in terms of performance. However, the Panamera feels for luxurious as well as practical on the inside. The Mercedes comes second in terms of the performance line-up but is also the most expensive car here, followed by the Panamera. The Audi S7 is the cheapest car you can buy in its segment. It still the Panamera that offers the weakest power output. For a seriously powerful Porsche Panamera, you would need to shell out a lot more to match up with the rest in the lot. 

2021 Porsche Panamera Instrument Cluster

The 2021 Porsche Panamera will supposedly be launched with the same suspension setup. That's no reason to complain as the current model offers excellent driving dynamics and sharp handling characteristics. Whiles the Panamera scores high on handling, it might not be the most comfortable car for its price, especially with the sports suspension. Though the data of braking distance is not available, we know 2021 Porsche Panamera can be trusted upon. Overall, Porsche focused on providing a sporty saloon for the price even though it is just a saloon, its a driver's car through and through. 

Fuel Economy

Porsche seems to be getting the frugality quotient right for quite some time now, and things will be no different with the 2021 Porsche Panamera. It will be one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its segment, just like the 2020 model. You can only expect the fuel efficiency to improve with its better aerodynamic package.

Currently, we can tell that it will go over no less than 21 Mpg (Combined), which is matched only by the Audi S7. That makes the Panamera an excellent highway cruiser. As the engines and the hardware setup are mostly the same, there will not be a drastic difference. If you care about frugality, we suggest you opt for the E-Hybrid version of the car for extra juice and mileage.

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera

2020 Audi S7

2020 BMW M5

Mercedes-AMG GT63

MPG(city)

18

18

15

15

MPG(highway)

26

28

21

20

MPG(combined)

21

22

17

17

Fuel Capacity(Gallons)

23.7

19.3

20.7

17.4

Range( City/Highway/Combined, in miles)

426.60 / 616.20

347.40 / 540.40

301.50 / 422.10

261.00 / 348.00

Even though most luxury-oriented customers won't care much about fuel efficiency, we are happy to report than the 2021 Panamera would be no gas guzzler. The most expensive car in this segment, the Mercedes AMG GT63, is also the biggest fuel guzzler due to its heavier weight and the bigger capacity engine. The most extended range gives the Panamera an edge over its rivals when it comes to highway cruising.

Is the interior of the 2021 Porsche Panamera a beautiful place to be in?

The 2021 Panamera is expected to get the same interiors with some minor changes. Being placed in one of the most luxurious car segments, Porsche has made sure that the 2020 model offers the finest of materials available at the price point, and things will be no different with the 2021 model.

For the current model, the seats come with excellent all-around support, and the cabin offers generous room at the rear and the front. You can opt for various additional packages to increase the luxurious quotient on the inside. 

2021 Porsche Panamera Interior

The cabin of the Panamera is tech-laden, and the 2021 model is expected to come with an updated infotainment interface and certain minor features. Everything on the inside feels posh, and the driver has been paid a lot of attention. For example, the Panamera still comes with an analog rev counter.

Features such as the 14-way adjustable power seats and the optional heated and ventilation feature in both front and rear seats make it stand out. There is not one but two high definition digital screens at the front, which makes the car seem pretty high-tech. Overall it is one of the most proemium cabins you will find in the VW group of vehicles.

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera

2020 Audi S7

2020 BMW M5

Mercedes-AMG GT63

Seating Capacity

4

5

5

4

Front row(Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom, in inches)

NA

37/57.2/41.3

38.8/58.7/41.4

40.8/57.8/NA

Rear row(Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom, in inches)

NA

37.1/55.9/37

37.5/55.9/36.9

38.2/57.2/NA

Trunk Capacity(cubic ft)

NA

NA

18.7

NA

With a seating capacity of four passengers, Porsche offers the least seating capacity. But this may be due to the perfect, headroom, and legroom space. With the most extended wheelbase, Porsche provides the ultimate comfort for the passengers. The 2020 Porsche Panamera has 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, which is a bit low for the class. However, you get 44.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

2021 Porsche Panamera Infotainment System

Some in-cabin features of the car include:

  • Panoramic sunroof.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror.
  • 8-way heated and power-adjustable front seats.
  • 60/40-split-folding rear seats.
  • 17.6 cubic feet of space in the front luggage compartment.

Are the cars' looks enough to attract the buyers?

The 2021 Porsche Panamera is expected to come with minor modifications on the outside. These will be done mostly in favor of better aerodynamics. It might receive a new set of redesigned taillights, and there will be a new design for the center strip. There also might be the addition of new colors in the line-up, and some badges might be placed differently in the 2021 model.

2021 Porsche Panamera Exterior

It comes with the right amount of road presence, and even with smooth surfaces and not many sharp cuts and creases, the Panamera still manages to turn heads. The typical Porsche look is expected to be maintained, and the Panamera looks quite imposing overall. 

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera

2020 Audi S7

2020 BMW M5

Mercedes-AMG GT63

Curb Weight

4488

4597

4370

4447

Length(inches)

204.7

196

195.5

199.2

Width, without mirrors(inches)

76.3

75.1

74.9

76.9

Height(inches)

56.2

55.8

57.8

56.8

Ground Clearance)

NA

NA

NA

4.6

Wheelbase(inches)

122

115.3

117.4

116.2

Some of the exterior elements include:

  • Galvanized steel/aluminum panels
  • Illuminated door handles
  • 19-inch Wheels, dual-arm 5-spoke design
  • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers with Heated Jets
  • Extended rear spoilers 
  • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access

Conclusion 

The 2021 Porsche Panamera will not be a significant update over the 2020 model. However, it will remain a luxury sedan that offers top-notch performance as well as cabin quality. The 2021 model is expected to be technologically a bit more advanced, but the Panamera will remain a car that executes all the technology in style, unlike many of its competitors.

If you are looking to buy the Panamera, we recommend you to buy one instead of waiting for the 2021 model as the changes and additions will be quite minor. The only addition worth waiting for might be the 800 horsepower Panamera which Porsche might introduce in 2021.

FAQ's

What are the different models of the Porsche Panamera?

The Panamera is available in three body styles: hatchback, Executive, and Sport Turismo. The first two come with 4 seats while the latter comes with five seats.

Is Porsche Panamera a reliable car?

The 2020 Porsche Panamera has an above-average predicted reliability rating according to the JD Power report.

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