2017 Porsche Panamera set for Paris debut and Shooting Brake spin-off

By Jez Spinks, 30 Mar 2016 Car News

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2017 Porsche Panamera set for Paris debut and Shooting Brake spin-off

Porsche's sports-luxury sedan will appear in second-gen guise in September, with a long-rumoured wagon set to join it in 2017.

The slowest-selling model from fast-car maker Porsche, the Porsche Panamera, will appear in second-generation guise at September’s 2016 Paris motor show – with a long-rumoured Shooting Brake spin-off variant set to join it in 2017. 

Porsche Panamera side

Company insiders have confirmed the news to industry journal Automotive News Europe, while also revealing that prototypes of the wagon-style Shooting Brake were currently undergoing testing. 

Porsche first teased the possibility of a second Panamera variant with the Sport Turismo concept study (pictured) in 2012 – a design that was widely considered a more elegant-looking vehicle than the sedan version.

Porsche Panamera Rear

The next Panamera will sit on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Standard Platform that is focused on front engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicles and will also underpin models from other sister brands, such as the Bentley Continental. 

A greater use of aluminium will reduce the new Panamera’s weight, and help improve fuel economy for the range of V6 and V8 petrol and diesel engines. A hybrid model will again feature in the mix, replacing the current E-Hybrid that uses just 3.1 litres of fuel per 100km. 

Porsche Panamera seats

The Porsche Panamera was first launched in 2009 to give the manufacturer of the world-famous 911 sports car a four-door rival to luxury four-doors including the Maserati Quattroporte and Jaguar XJ. 

Porsche Australia sold 56 Panameras in 2015, making it the lowest-selling model in the brand’s local line-up. That number compares favourably with some rivals, though, including the aforementioned Quattroporte (59) and Aston Martin Rapide (16).