It’s not often luxury automakers known for making fast cars break their own mold, but Porsche is doing just that – again. The luxury automaker revealed an SUV nearly 15 years ago, but now the maker of the legendary 911 is looking to up the ante. The new Porsche station wagon is set to release next year.
The station wagon is just the latest model in the sports car manufacturer’s utility-driven portfolio. The Porsche Cayenne entered the market back in 2002 and made waves as a luxury SUV.
The new station wagon is based on the Panamera four-door coupe and is scheduled for its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show next March. It would compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, another model that’s designed to appeal to drivers who desire the thrill of the road but want a practical vehicle as well.
The Porsche Panamera released in 2009 and more than 150,000 units have been sold since then. While station wagons have been on the decline in the United States, European drivers have driven the body style to popularity.
Porsche revealed a hybrid version of the Panamera at the Paris Motor Show just last month. That model features an electric range of up to 30 miles and can reach 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.
Here at Gossett VW Porsche, we can’t wait for the arrival of the new Porsche station wagon!
Our very own Al Gossett – President and CEO of Gossett Motor Cars – recently attended Porsche’s launch of the new 2018 Panamera over in Leipzig, Germany.
“Porsche Leipzig is more than a production facility. It’s also a place where you can experience the fascinating appeal of the sports car in every facet. Welcome to an exciting world where the spirit of Porsche really comes alive” said Gossett. The Panamera shares the production facility with the Cayenne and Macan.
The tagline for the new Panamera is “Courage Changes Everything.” The model originally burst on to the scene in 2009, but a lot has changed since then. The new 2018 Panamera will feature a much sportier look and feel than in previous model years. It offers Porsche Connect system capability, Apply CarPlay, and plenty other high tech safety and entertainment features.
The 4S trim uses a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo, V-6 that provides 440 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. The Turbo trim has a 4.0-liter, twin turbo, V-8 that boasts a whopping 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque. Fuel efficiency has also improved. The 2.9 liter V-6 is capable of 29.03 mph which is an 11% improvement from the 2017 edition. It also can reach 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
Below are some photos from the big launch event! If you’d like to learn more about the new 2018 Panamera, head over to Gossett Porsche today!