Depending on the market, the new Porsche Connect system will offer a number of connected mobile services and apps, along with satellite navigation and a WiFi hotspot.
In Australia, those connectivity features extend to Apple CarPlay compatibility, but additional online functions - such as those outlined further below in this article - must wait until a new LTE phone module is certified for our market in the latter part of 2017.
In the short term, local Panamera buyers will have access to CarPlay via the vehicle's 12.3-inch display, along with an internal 10GB hard drive for media storage, SD memory card slots, auxiliary and USB connections. Voice control is also featured.
Features withheld by the absence of a compatible LTE communications module include the ability to remotely control a number of the vehicle’s functions and check vehicle data using a smartphone or the Apple Watch.
Controlled through the Porsche Connect app, drivers in overseas models can access information such as distance covered or remaining driving range. Other functions available include remote locking of the vehicle, and for E-Hybrid models, the app can also control cabin temperature, charging timer and hybrid-specific information.
The initial overseas integration of CarPlay can also transfer preferred destinations and calendars from an iPhone to the infotainment system, allowing the planning of journeys and organisation of destinations to be simplified.
Services offered with the new navigation system for overseas buyers in the launch range include online capability with internet searches for destinations, real-time traffic updates along with Google Earth and Google Street View for improved route guidance during the journey and at the destination.
The online services extend to flight information so drivers can call up and check details of current flights like departure and arrival times, along with gate and terminal numbers.
Vacant spots in carparks at the destination and in the surrounding area can also be displayed - where compatible - including information such as prices and opening hours.
But, as noted, those features cannot be accessed in Australia until a communications module certified for our market becomes available to the local Porsche arm late next year.
The 2017 Porsche Panamera, revealed just weeks ago, starts in Australia at $304,200 plus on-road costs for the base Panamera 4S and tops out at $376,900 for the Turbo.
Local deliveries of the three initial Panamera models will start in the first quarter of 2017.