The 2017 Porsche Panamera is making a return in a spy photo session and this time the prototypes (some in US specification) are barely camouflaged.

At a first glimpse you might be tempted to say the prototypes don’t have any disguise, but look closely and you will notice some stickers on the headlights and taillights while the trunk lid has some clever body-colored disguise as well. Even so, this is by far our best look at the second-gen Panamera and it seems Porsche’s designers have fixed the biggest problem with the outgoing model, the bulky rear end. It’s now considerably sleeker and it should look even better once all of the remaining camouflage will come off.

The roofline seems to be a tad lower compared to the current car and it’s also more sloped at the back, thus giving the new Panamera a sportier side profile. Overall, the car gives the impression it spent a lot of time at the gym and this will be reflected in the Panamera’s weight which is expected to go down by around 200 pounds (91 kilograms). This will be possible after switching to the newly developed MSB platform making extensive use of aluminum and high-strength steel.

If you are still not a big fan of the design, keep in mind Porsche is also cooking up a Panamera Shooting Brake (likely getting a different name) which will have more in common with the lovely 2012 Panamera Sport Turismo concept. However, it will not come out from day one as Porsche will probably wait at least a year after the regular model’s introduction.

Photos of the interior cabin are not available in this set, but in previous batches of images we saw the Panamera will get an entirely digital instrument cluster and capacitive touch buttons. It will also feature a larger touchscreen display for the infotainment system, along with a new gear shifter, steering wheel, and quite possibly more legroom in the back.

As far as the engines are concerned, reports are indicating Porsche and Audi have teamed up for a new family of turbocharged V6 and V8 units and some of these could have e-turbo technology, like the 4.0 TDI V8 in the SQ7. There’s also going to be a new Panamera S E-Hybrid which will have a higher electric range compared to the outgoing model that offers 22 miles (35 kilometers).

It is believed the all-new Porsche Panamera will bow at the Paris Motor Show in October and it should go on sale before the year’s end.

Gallery: 2017 Porsche Panamera loses almost all camo

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