Some folks need room to cram an extra person into the Panamera
The inability to fit five people in the Porsche Panamera sedan won’t be a problem for buyers to consider much longer because next year the brand will begin offering seating for three people in the back. It’ll be the same as the layout in the rear of the Panamera Sport Turismo wagon.
Porsche dealers in the United States have been begging the company to offer for a more traditional bench seat in the back of the Panamera sedan because some customers have decided not to buy the sedan due to the lack of seating for three in the back. At the moment, the existing model is strictly a four-seater by only being available with a pair of luxurious chairs in the back and a high-tech console running between them.
Impatient customers that don’t want to wait for the five-seat Panamera sedan can simply order the Sport Turismo, which launches in the United States in the first quarter of 2018. It’s available with a bench that splits 40:20:40 or with the dual buckets.
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Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche Cars North America, told Automotive News that the wagon has currently been about 10 percent of Panamera orders in the U.S. The company had estimated that the estate would be 5 to 10 percent of the nameplate’s sales in the country.
Motor1 Managing Editor Steven Ewing recently got behind the wheel of the Panamera wagon, and he described the estate as: “Every single compliment I can give to the normal Panamera Turbo applies to the Sport Turismo.”
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While the Sport Turismo isn’t available at dealers yet, you can build one on Porsche’s configurator. The base Panamera 4 Sport Turismo starts at $98,080 (after $1,050 destination), but prices can balloon to $235,560 for the Turbo model with every possible option.
Source: Automotive News