Porsche has revealed its long due station wagon designed around the outstanding Panamera second generation sedan. While it looks identical to the earlier sedan version when viewed from the front the difference becomes apparent as you move toward the rear of the car. The sedan’s fastback rear has been redesigned to look more like a traditional station wagon.
Having said that, the Panamera Sport Turismo retains all other qualities and features that make Porsche what it is today. None of the new generation Porsche technology has been ignored in the new wagon including Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control, Porsche Advanced Cockpit, Porsche Traction Management with adaptive air suspension, and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control.
The design change becomes noticeable from the rear pillar backward. The window is more stretched out than the sedan version with a longer roof and an adaptive rear spoiler its angle set in three stages which adapt according to selected settings and the driving situation and conditions.
Beyond the 170 km/h mark, the roof spoiler automatically moves to +1° thereby enhancing lateral dynamics and stability.
Below 170 km/h, the Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) stays retracted at an angle of -7° reducing drag and optimizing fuel consumption.
The PAA has the capability to adapt the roof spoiler to an angle of +26° when the panoramic sliding roof is opened at speeds above 90 km/h making the spoiler reduce the wind noise.
According to Porsche the elevated roof provides greater head clearance and makes the rear entry and exit much easier.
At level with the height of the rear seats, the Panamera Sport Turismo allows 520 liters of storage capacity. The 440-hp E-Hybrid, however, has a 425-liter capacity at the same level.
The backrests of the rear seats can be folded down almost flat individually as well as together providing up to 1390 liters of storage capacity in the all-flat position – the Hybrid gives 1295 liters of space.
An optional version with a luggage compartment management system is also available. It comes with a partition net, two rails on the loading floor, and four lashing points.
Rather than calling it a 5-seater-vehicle Porsche prefers to call it a 4+1 configuration. The rear center seat is a narrow arrangement flanked on both sides by two individual seats. An optional version of the Panamera Sport Turismo is also available in a 4-seat setup with two electrically adjustable rear seats.
“For Porsche, the Panamera Sport Turismo is a step forward into a new segment, but retains all of those values and attributes that are characteristic of Porsche,” said the director of style Porsche, Michael Mauer.
For now, Porsche has revealed just the photos of the wagon but is expected to reveal the full range in the upcoming Geneva Motor Show this month which includes the 330-hp Panamera 4 Sport Turismo, the 440-hp E-Hybrid, the 550-hp Turbo, and the 462-hp 4S with another version soon to be revealed in the lineup.
With the exception of the 550-horsepower Turbo V8 engine, all the others will be powered by the company’s new twin-turbo V6 engine.
Here are the prices for the different versions of the Panamera Sport Turismo which is expected to hit the U.S. market sometime in the fall this year.
330-hp Panamera 4 Sport Turismo – $97,250
440-hp E-Hybrid – $105,000
550-hp Turbo – $155,000
462-hp 4S – $110,250
Due to release in New Zealand in the latter half of this year, the Hybrid version will cost NZ$422,000 about $68,500 cheaper than what the same version will cost in Australia because of the 33% tax on luxury cars that the Australian government levies.