In 2014 Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche’s current head of design
confirmed that the automaker was planning to produce a
‘shooting brake’ variant of the Panamera sedan. Our spy
photographers recently caught up with the model undergoing
testing in Nürburgring with barely any camouflage.
However, they could not get close enough to take shots of its
interior. From the shots, it is clear that the model has
adopted the 2012 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept which
was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in 2012. From the
looks, it seems that the Panamera shooting brake mimics a
roofline similar to that of the Mercedes-Benz CLS shooting
brake. This is good news to buyers with families because it
will offer a bigger cargo space compared to the Panamera
However, the ‘shooting’ brake will have to fight it hard in a
US market that has never really warmed up to wagons. The model
is positioned to perform better in Europe where wagons are a
still a hit. However, the future looks bleak since buyers in
Europe are also shifting to SUVs as recent data on purchasing
trends showed. Read along for more information:
2018 Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake Exterior
Actually, the Shooting Brake was not the only vehicle
undergoing testing, the vehicle was in the company of the
standard Panamera sedan. The two vehicles made quite a sight
together on the streets.
On the exterior, except for the wagon’s fastback, the two
models are almost identical. In fact, they are the same from
the nose up to the rear doors. At the front, they both feature
twin-halo headlights units. The two models also share the same
hood. The Shooting Brake however omits rectangular air vents
featured on the sedan. Their air dams are also different.
On the sides, they are almost identical but the vehicles had
stickers on the key places so there is nothing much I can tell
between the two models. On the Shooting Brake doors, there are
body lines that move to the rear. Its fender vents were also
concealed. At the rear, the vehicles also seem to share similar
taillights but we could not tell their actual design since they
were concealed. The rear hatchback sports a dominant overhang.
The exhaust tips and the rear diffuser of the two vehicles also
appear to be similar. The Shooting Brake appears similar to the
sport Turismo concept but a toned-down for production purposes.
Since it shares most of the exterior features with the sedan,
we will be able to tell more on its design once the sedan makes
a debut in September.
2018 Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake Interior
Our spy photographers only managed to capture exterior shots of
the Panamera Shooting Brake. As such, we barely know anything
about the model’s interior styling. However, expect
a state-of-the-art infotainment system on a large
touch-screen. The infotainment system will certainly
support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It will also integrate
various connectivity features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and USB
ports. Due to its design, the vehicle will have a larger
cargo space than the sedan.
For convenience, the vehicle will most likely feature a 2-zone
climate control system, comfortable seats upholstered in
quality leather. Expect all the seats to be heated and
ventilated while front seats could be powered. The shifter and
steering wheel will be wrapped in leather.
An array of driving aids will also be offered to improve the
vehicle’s safety offerings.
The 2018 Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake will be offered in a
number of drive-trains just like its sedan sister. Actually,
the wagon may adopt all the drive-trains of the sedan and still
add some of its own. As of this writing, we have had no
information from the automaker. Porsche is keeping
details of the two models close to its chest so it is difficult
to make conclusions at the moment. However, since the vehicle
is underpinned by an updated MSB platform, it will be able to
support the automaker’s new V-6 and V-8 engines.
Therefore, expect a number of petrol and diesel engines with
turbochargers. There will also be a plug-in hybrid power-train.
We will update you with more information it is availed by the
automaker. The upcoming Panamera sedan is set to debut in
September in Europe before heading across the ocean to the US
later on before the end of the year.
Price and release date
It is difficult to estimate the price of the 2018 Porsche
Panamera Shooting Brake considering the price of the upcoming
Panamera sedan is also not known. Currently, the outgoing
Panamera sedan has a starting price of $ 78,100 with the
Panamera Exclusive Series attracting over $ 260,000.
Normally, wagons tend to be expensive than their sedan
counterparts. As such, I expect the Shooting Brake to cost more
than the sedan. With this in mind, I think a starting price of
$ 90,000 or more is likely.
There are not that many luxury wagons out there since many
luxury automakers prefer building the more lucrative crossovers
and SUVs. That being said, the Panamera Shooting Brake
will meet a luxury wagon market dominated by the
Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake and BMW 5 Series Touring.