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What Is a Panoramic Sunroof?

by William McCoy

Sunroofs have been a popular upgrade option in vehicles for decades, allowing motorists to get extra light and fresh air into the cabin without having the windows open. Panoramic sunroofs are a more recent vehicle perk, and are featured on many top-end vehicles.

Definition

In simplest terms, a panoramic sunroof is a large sunroof that covers the entire roof of a vehicle, or the vast majority of it. It is significantly larger than a traditional sunroof, and may be tinted or clear.

Function

Panoramic sunroofs are made of either one solid panel of glass or multiple panels. When the driver opens the roof, the single-panel type will simply slide toward the back of the vehicle. In the other version, the multiple panels will stack upon each other to the rear of the roof opening. Unlike traditional sunroofs, a panoramic sunroof doesn't disappear inside the vehicle's roof, as there is not adequate room.

Available Models

Panoramic sunroofs are commonly found on European luxury cars such as the Maybach, but are also becoming prevalent among North American vehicles such as the Pontiac G6, Malibu Maxx and Cadillac SRX SUV. They can be an after-market add-on for some other vehicles.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

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