Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake Will Make It To U.S. Shores
So far you’ve seen our rendering and the spy shots of the upcoming Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake. Now, less than a month after the last round of spy shots, Automotive News has confirmed that the Panamera Shooting Brake will be coming to the U.S. Of course, this is despite the fact that we Americans don’t show as much interest in Wagons or Hatchbacks as those in other parts of the world.
In a press event at Automotive News, Klaus Zellmer – the CEO of Porsche Cars North America – said, “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.” He didn’t give any specific timeline, but he did acknowledge that it won’t happen in 2017.
If you look back at the timetable for the Panamera Sedan, it debuted last September at the Paris Auto Show and went on sale in Europe shortly afterward. So, even though we don’t have a specific timetable, we know the second-generation Panamera Sedan should make it to the U.S. in 2017. That means that a 2018 debut for the shooting brake isn’t out of the question. For now, all we can do is wait for Porsche to bring the sedan and the shooting brake to the U.S. market. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait until 2019 for the Shooting Brake to cross the pond.
Continue reading for the full story.
Why it Matters
As you probably already know, the Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake is undoubtedly an evolution from the Porsche Sport Turismo that debuted back in 2012 at the Paris Auto Show. Based on reaction alone, we know the shooting brake should be a pretty big hit in other markets, but to see it come to the U.S. is a little unexpected at this point. It certainly isn’t disappointing, though. It should be noted that, in the same press event, Zellmer admitted that Porsche is considering a five-seat Panamera as well. Apparently, U.S. dealers are losing customers to other brands because of the Panamera’s four-seat nature. For those of us here in the U.S., this is all good news to us. Now, we just have to hope Porsche actually follows through with it.
Read our speculative review on the 2018 Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake here.
Source: Automotive News