Porsche Panamera Wagon Set to Debut in Geneva, Says Report
U.S. buyers may have to be patient, though
Earlier this year, Porsche unveiled the redesigned 2017 Panamera. And while the chassis, suspension, and available drivetrains are new, the biggest change from the previous generation to its current form is the exterior design. Yet the Stuttgart-based automaker isn't satisfied with chiseling out a prettier Panamera with a host of different drivetrains; the company aims to also bring out wagon iteration that could cut an even more striking profile.
Automotive News is now reporting that Porsche will unveil the production version of the Panamera wagon early next year at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. From there, the Panamera wagon would go on sale only a few months after its debut, although those earlier statements from Zellmer may indicate that U.S. buyers will have to wait for the Panamera wagon to arrive stateside.
We've known that Porsche was developing a Panamera wagon for quite some time. The first hint was the Sport Turismo concept pictured above, which was shown at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Then, after a lull in activity from Porsche, we caught a camouflaged mule earlier this year, testing in Europe. After the Panamera wagon was spied, Automotive News caught up with CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Klaus Zellmer, who revealed that the company was indeed proceeding with a Panamera Wagon. "We have to have some patience for [the wagon] to arrive in the U.S." said Zellmer in an interview with AN.
On the original Panamera, our own editor-at-large Arthur St. Antoine said that, "The bodywork is about as pulse-raising as an afternoon at the fabrics store. Uh, is that a Porsche or a Honda Crosstour?" Gone is the frumpy rear fascia and vaguely 911 front. In its place stands an elegantly sculpted form, one that's finally worthy of its moniker and status.
In addition to the Panamera wagon, the Panamera Turbo S, Panamera 4S, and Panamera diesel (which won't be coming to the U.S. ), Porsche will show the newly unveiled Panamera 4 E-Hybrid to the public later this month at the Paris auto show.