It was almost five years ago now when Porsche first teased us with the idea of a Panamera wagon. That was with the Sport Turismo concept which looked far better than the actual Panamera at the time. As it turns out, that concept wasn’t just giving us an idea of how a future Panamera wagon could look – it was showing us almost exactly how it would look.
Porsche just confirmed the existence of a production-intent Panamera Sport Turismo which will be joining the lineup worldwide by this November. Guys, it’s a real Panamera wagon, guys.
The Sport Turismo will be yet another option in the ever expanding Panamera lineup and isn’t replacing its four-door counterpart. It’ll be available as a Panamera 4, 4S, 4S Diesel (in some markets, perhaps), Turbo, and 4 E-Hybrid at launch with possibly more engine options on the way.
Everything that makes the new Panamera saloon a stunning car to look at is only further supplemented, I think, by the new bodywork which starts from the B-pillar and goes all the way back. The only thing different here is in that section where the wagon things happen; everything else is untouched.
Above the car’s shoulders is an elongated window line and equally long roof contour. And because wagon, the roofline doesn’t drop away with the windows as on the saloon which results in a prominent D-pillar. The roof does extend into a top-mounted adaptive spoiler though which is set in three stages to produce additional downforce as needed. This is all PR speak for “they followed the concept’s design down to a T”.
Seriously, go take a look at the gallery Porsche released from the 2012 Paris Motor Show on Autoweek and tell me that isn’t nearly identical to what we’re seeing here. Between this and that Alpine that was covered the other day, I can’t tell which design stayed true to its original concept more.
Of course, there are actual benefits to a wagon like this besides the style. A much taller and wider rear hatch allows for easier access to the expanded cargo volume inside. 18.4 cubic feet is available from the back up to the top of the rear seats or about 49 cubic feet with them folded down to a virtually flat loading floor.
For the first time in a Panamera, a 2+1 seating configuration at the back is available. When equipped, they can be folded individually in a 40:20:40 split.
So there you have it. What I think is Porsche’s first mass-produced wagon (don’t kill me PCA members) is officially coming by the end of the year. Pricing info isn’t available yet and I’m mostly positive that this is coming to the states.
[Sources: Porsche, Autoweek]