Porsche Aims to Debut Panamera Station Wagon at Paris Motor Show
Not that you asked for it, but it looks like Porsche is planning on gauging interest in a station wagon version of the Panamera amorphous sedan/hatchback at this September's Paris Motor Show. Excited yet? The Porsche Panamera wagon is set to be competition for the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Shooting Brake—which is more a wagon than a proper shooting brake. But we'll not let the semantics of British jargon weigh down this piece of news. They're both extended-roof versions of the sedans they represent, albeit they're meant more for style than outright utility. If you need to haul bags of mulch or make a Home Depot run, buy a Porsche Cayenne instead. The Mercedes-Benz version isn't sold in the U.S., and our country's reception to the wagon body style has been prohibitive for most overseas automakers selling them here. We wouldn't be surprised if the Porsche doesn't end up here. The concept version of the Porsche Panamera wagon may get a refreshed look, as its aesthetics have not really been touched since it debuted for the 2010 model year. Porsche is expected to carry the vehicle through 2017 or so before its successor bows. In the meantime, now that Porsche is fully under the umbrella of the Volkswagen empire, the automaker will likely share synergies with more brands. It is expected that Porsche will be dropping its 4.8-liter V-8 engine in the Panamera S in favor of the smaller, slightly more efficient twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 found in the Bentley Continental GT. In fact, both vehicles are said to share the same platform architecture in their next iterations, meaning the Panamera will be switching to the Bentley's Volkswagen/Audi architecture or, more likely, the Bentley would be joining Porsche on its rear-wheel-drive platform. Along the way, it is expected that the Panamera can and will spawn a coupe and convertible—legitimate successors to the 1980s' Porsche 928 grand tourer. Those two, unlike the idea of a Porsche station wagon, we can fully get behind. Alas, the Porsche SUVs and hatchback sedan known as the Cayenne, upcoming Macan, and Panamera, respectively, have allowed the German automaker to produce more fun-to-drive cars like the Boxster, Cayman, 911, and upcoming 918 hybrid supercar. In fact, Porsche's vehicles with four doors or more far outsell its sports cars. If vehicles like those—including this station wagon—allow the automaker to subsidize its sports cars, who are we to complain? Source: Auto Week
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