The second-gen Panamera is not only more beautiful, but it also comes with additional technology.
Debuting with the 2017 Panamera is the latest and greatest Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with an updated Porsche Connect to make your life even easier while driving the sexy four-door sedan from Stuttgart. The cabin itself is a very nice place to be in and Porsche, through its Connect Portal and Connect Store services, helps the driver stay connected online. There’s support for LTE, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Apple CarPlay compatibility which means that you can use a variety of iPhone apps that will communicate with the car’s brand new 12.3-inch infotainment system.
Porsche is throwing in 10 gigabytes of storage for media stuff and there are two SD ports and USB interface to further enhance connectivity options. Car Connect provides remote access to some of the vehicle's info via a single app, allowing the owner to check out data regarding remaining range, mileage covered, and the possibility to lock the car and find its location. Go for the E-Hybrid version and the app will also grant remote control of the Panamera’s auxiliary heating, enable access to hybrid-related info, and even program the charging timer.
Online navigation with support for real-time traffic information comes bundled with the latest PCM, and there’s also support for Google Earth and Google Street View. The navigation system is also clever enough to detect empty parking spots not only around the Panamera during the trip, but also in car parks at the destination.
One of the numerous services offered through the latest PCM is flight information, allowing the driver to call and find out details regarding departure and arrival times, along with gate and terminal numbers.
It’s not all good news, since the 2017 Panamera does not have support for Android Auto, or at least there’s no mention of it in the press release. Maybe it’s because Porsche said a while back that more than 70 percent of buyers have iPhones and there’s also the matter of Google’s data collection policy. This obviously isn’t a deal-breaker for someone in the market for a Panamera, but it’s a bit annoying not to have it on a car that starts at just shy of $115k in Canada ($114,300 MSRP for the 4S to be exact).
You can read all about the 2017 Panamera’s infotainment system in the press release below.