Now that Mercedes has officially launched their new Shooting Brake, a few more automakers have announced their interest in developing such a model. The first rumors suggested that McLaren would bring a MP4-12C Shooting Brake, but now German magazine Autobild suggests that Porsche will also be offering a Panamera Shooting Brake version as a direct response to the recently announced Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake.
Before getting too excited about this, know that such a model wouldn’t arrive until the next generation 2015 Panamera, which would mean that a Shooting Brake version wouldn’t arrive until 2016.
The Panamera Shooting Brake will address those customers who are looking for the same level of luxury offered in the Panamera, but with a little more practicality. The Shooting Brake version will be identical to its sedan version, except of course for its wider shoulders and the larger trunk. Porsche will also be working on making the next Panamera lighter than the current model, so expect its total curb weight to drop about 330 lbs. The model will also be switched to Volkswagen’s new Modular Standard Platform and will adopt a series of more fuel efficient engines.