In the world of station wagons, it doesn’t get much better than a super-powered, luxurious, shooting brake.
When the Cadillac CTS-V wagon bit the big one, the automotive community lost a good soldier, and now that we’re hearing the Jaguar XF wagon is also on its way out, it’s good to know that an alternate entry is on its way.
Automotive News is reporting that the next-generation Panamera will bow early next year, after which time an elongated-roof iteration will follow. Better yet, the wagon is coming to the U.S. While other German luxury brands like BMW and its M5 or Audi and its RS6 keep the wagons in Europe, Porsche will take a gamble on the American market.
Of course, the Panamera is already almost a shooting brake thanks to that large, rounded rump, but if the production wagon looks anything like that Sport Touring Concept from 2012, it will certainly be the more stylish variant. It could take some time, though, at least according to Porsche North America CEO Klaus Zeller.
“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,” said Zeller.
It might sound like Porsche is already resigned to the sales fate of a wagon-ified Panamera, and that may be true, but sometimes enthusiasts get presents, even if they’re naughty.
Wagons have sort of been out of style since the ’90s, but that’s not to say they won’t make a comeback. And speaking of retro designs, the new Panamera might also feature a rear bench seat, something that’s been absent among coupe-like sedans of late.
Don’t hold your breath on the Panamera wagon for at least another two years, but when it comes, prepare for one of the fastest things on four wheels to be hauling five people and a full Ikea shopping trip.