We first heard back in 2014 that Porsche was considering a production 'shooting brake' version of the second-generation Panamera, but now we've seen the evidence. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has confirmed that it's on the way soon, with early 2017 looking likely.
“It will have a very sharp design and I think it will be the first bodystyle that we will offer in this segment," Blume told us. "The usability is even better – we have five seats, for example – but with all the sportiness of a Porsche.”
These spy images show the new model on public roads, with only a minor disguise. The differences aren't huge, but it's clear that the rear gains extra bodywork and a less sloping window than the saloon. With the standard car getting a large centre console in the rear, we expect the biggest changes to be on the inside to allow for the extra seat.
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Based on the 2012 Sport Turismo concept and likely to carry the same name into production, the new car is set to rival the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake. Porsche’s head of research and development, Wolfgang Hatz, revealed in an interview in 2014 that it was coming, but also that coupe and cabriolet versions of the Panamera are under consideration, although these are less likely.
“First of all we are developing at the moment a new Panamera, that is true; you’ve probably already seen pictures of the first prototypes. What we have designed is an entirely new car with a new platform,” Hatz explained. “We have prepared it for a lot of derivatives. Personally I like very much the Sport Turismo; I love this car. But there is a good chance for more derivatives.”
“The reason we have done this [new platform] is so all things are already included; could be coupe, could be convertible, could be Sport Turismo. And now we have to decide which is the one that hits our needs,” Hatz told us. “Convertible? For me we already have so many good convertibles with the Boxster and 911. Is it something we really need? It’s something more for the luxury segment.”
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