Anton Andres / Porsche | May 03, 2016 07:44
Porsche confirms plans for Panamera wagon
During a press conference, Porsche has confirmed that the Porsche Panamera will soon be available in two bodystyles. Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche North America said that the wagon will be based on the second Panamera which will be unveiled early next year.
"We have to have some patience for (the wagon) to arrive in the U.S but we are confident that this car will be well received here, despite the fact that this country doesn't really like hatchbacks or wagons," said Zellmer. He adds that the car will evolve from the Sport Turismo concept car which was shown during the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
The CEO also mentioned a new detail about the all-new Panamera. The company is considering the addition of a bench-type seat for the rear passengers to fit five passengers. The current Panamera offers a 2+2 seating layout which, according to Zellmer, has been one factor when they lose Panamera sales to the competition.
The second generation Panamera will make its global debut during this year's Paris Auto Show this September. Sales for the all-new Panamera will commence shortly after its Paris unveiling while the rest of the world will have to wait during the first half of 2018. As for the Panamera wagon, no definite date has been set for its debut but Zellmer says it will be within the decade.