Third-Gen 2024 Porsche Panamera Showcases Novel Driver Experience Ahead of Time

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Porsche is gearing up to officially reveal the third-generation Panamera executive fastback sedan on November 24 - but we already know all about the cockpit goodies. Gosh, sorry, I meant to say we know all about the 'Porsche Driver Experience.'
Remember how the refreshed Porsche Cayenne reveal unfolded in spring? Indeed, the facelifted third-gen luxury crossover SUV was unveiled on April 18, but we actually caught a glimpse of the cockpit in late March already. And those weren't spy shots provided from under the cover of darkness or some grainy, low-resolution leaks. Instead, everything was authentic, coming officially from the Stuttgart-based German automaker.

Now history repeats itself with the third generation Porsche Panamera as the legendary carmaker officially introduces the cockpit view first. And, of course, the all-new five-door sedan is following in the footsteps of the Taycan and Cayenne, with the Porsche Driver Experience featuring a massive array of digital goodies – including a central touchscreen, the now-classic digital instrument cluster, and a new passenger display.

Porsche, on its own, says the new "Driver Experience puts the driver at the center and creates the perfect balance between analog and digital elements." We can't see too many of those analog elements, though – only the classic watch sits at the top of the dashboard, and the center console is – unsurprisingly – devoid of too many buttons and knobs. Additionally, Porsche introduces a set of all-new "completely finless and electrically adjustable air vents" while the storage bin in the center console is even larger than before.

The instrument cluster is of the "free-standing" variety and has a 12.6-inch diagonal, and there is also an optional HUD that is controlled directly from the sports steering wheel. Porsche also features continuous ambient lighting inside the cockpit, introduces improved seat foam materials, and a "newly contoured rear seat system, which offers an optimized seating position. This ensures rear passengers arrive even more relaxed after long drives."

The company is also emphasizing dual-tone choices inside the cockpit – some of them offered directly by the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur subsidiary – and is also trying to be more sustainable with options for leather-free equipment, mixing "sporty materials such as Race-Tex and Pepita fabric." Of course, the exterior might remain a mystery – if not for Porsche's own reveal from September when development prototypes were photographed in the wild by the company's photographers while undergoing the latest stages of testing almost entirely free of any camouflage.

Naturally, since this is the Porsche brand that we are dealing with, no one really expected a revolution. As such, while the company claims this Panamera is all-new, to an untrained eye, it wouldn't pass the test for anything other than a regular facelift, given the subtle modifications that mostly touch on the lighting cluster aesthetics. On the other hand, the automaker is debuting lots of technical goodies – including a new hybridized version and an all-new PDK transmission.
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