Tuesday, May 5th 2015. | Advanced Technology, Auto & Motor, Car

Porsche is currently working on a new four-door that will offer both hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain options. The car will incorporate a revised structure based on the future eMSB architecture, which will also be used for upcoming Bentley models and the new Panamera. It’s known internally as the Pajun, or “Panamera Junior,” and is slated to compete with the BMW 5 Series at the upper end of the mid-size sedan market. Speculation places its arrival sometime between late 2017 and early 2018.

The news was revealed by a series of patents filed in Germany, China, and the U.S., as analyzed by the UK-based publication Autocar. Ulrich Hackenberg, who’s responsible for technical development at Volkswagen Group, also dropped tantalizing hints at a press conference prior to Volkswagen’s annual conference in March. 

Exact specifications are sparse, but it’s believed the new electric Porsche will bring with it at least 420 horsepower and a 265-mile range, making it a direct competitor to Tesla. It’s also speculated that the battery-powered version will be called the 718, while the fuel-cell model will be designated the 818.

Autocar says an examination of the patents reveal that Porsche has re-engineered the MSB platform to incorporate the new drivetrain into the rear of the structure itself, improving rigidity and rear-impact crash-worthiness. It’s similar to the design used in the 2016 Audi R8 e-tron, and would retain an independent rear suspension and utilize a single electric motor for each rear drive wheel, offering torque vectoring for improved cornering abilities. The package will be mounted low, which also means the car should have some space for storage in the back. 

Continue reading to learn more about Porsche’s future electric sedan.

Porsche Plans Electric Competitor For BMW 5 Series originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 5 May 2015 19:00 EST.

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