Americans searching for a vehicle that combines performance, luxury, and a dash of practicality can look forward to the introduction of the Porsche Panamera wagon as soon as 2018. U.S boss Klaus Zellmer assures Automotive News Europe the longroof is part of the product plan for the country, but he’s clear that it doesn’t arrive until after 2017.
“We are confident that this car will be well received here, despite the fact that this country doesn't really like hatchbacks or wagons,” Zellmer told Automotive News Europe.
Multiple sets of spy photos show the Panamera wagon under development, and the design takes clear inspiration from 2012’s Sport Turismo concept. Expect the longroof and the sedan to be mechanically identical. The new generation moves to Volkswagen Group’s lighter MSB platform and uses a range of turbocharged V6 and V8 engines. The interior is also very high tech, including a large infotainment screen and capacitive buttons replacing physical switches. Rumors put the wagon's European debut in the second half of 2017.
Meanwhile, look for Porsche to unveil the Panamera sedan for the Paris Motor Show in October and for it to go on sale in Europe before the end of the year. The four-door likely launches in the U.S. in early 2017.
The sedan and wagon might not be the only second-generation Panamera body styles to arrive in the U.S because Zellmer believes Americans also want coupe and convertible versions. Looking at the 911 lineup, it’s clear Porsche isn’t afraid of creating multiple variants on the single platform, so the idea might not be too far fetched.
Source: Automotive News Europe