Porsche Panamera Estate Concept coming to the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on July 31, 2012

Porsche will preview the plans for one more Panamera model this September at the Paris motor show by introducing a long-mooted estate version of the posh four-door saloon. Sources from inside Porsche said that the show car is a concept that’s previewed in this impression. It’s believed that the show car will offer solid clues on what the appearance of a production version of a Panamera estate would be.

If at the Paris show, the concept gets enough interest, Porsche chairman Matthias Muller will give it a definitive go-ahead as part of wider model expansion plans targeted at bringing the company’s annual sales to over 200,000 units by mid-decade. It probably won’t start selling before 2016.

The new sporting estate was developed after getting initial customer feedback that showed there was demand for a more flexible version of the Panamera with bigger luggage space than the nominal 445 litres of the existing model. The new Porsche was tentatively assigned to become a part of a second-generation Panamera lineup.

This would compete with new upmarket arrivals like the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake. It will feature an extended roofline, angled tailgate and fold-down rear seats to offer the scope for extra luggage capacity.

An insider told Autocar that this is one proposal that that the company is considering to widen the Panamera’s reach. He said that the feedback is indicative of a sales potential for this car in certain markets, particularly Europe. The Panamera estate will boast of an overall style rather than a practical boot space. The Panamera estate are far more versatile than Porsche’s regular sports car models.

Just with the design language itself, the new Porsche Panamera is already unique as it manages to classify a new market segment. For one, this newest model features a rather distinctive look. The best way to describe this new Panamera is that it comes in a sports car design inspired by a coupe body and combined with a new interpretation of the classic saloon design.

It also offers all the advantages present in a variable space concept. Looking at how the exterior has been designed, it is clear that the new Panamera utilizes a number of themes taken from the classic Porsche. Meaning, it has that strong and dynamic appearance while being able to offer elegance and substantial space on the inside. Another proof that this latest offering does have the usual design language of the brand can be seen through the proportions.

The overhangs are short with the overall length being compact. Meanwhile the height is relatively low but the sides are both muscular and wide. Viewed on its front, any doubt that this is not an authentic Porsche is immediately erased given that the Panamera has a strong likeness to the brand’s sports cars. There are various design features and elements that are typical of Porsche like the straight upper region that is on top of the large air intakes.

Then there are the curved front wings covering the headlights with their characteristic shape. Combined with the curved compartment lid of the engine and the light clusters in the rear positioned horizontally, this gives the Panamera that muscular and powerful appearance. Another feature are the horizontal positioning lights which are shaped like light conductors.

Placed in the middle of the daytime driving lights and the direction indicators, it gives the Panamera that distinct look during nighttime. Porsche revealed as well that for both the S and the 4S, the front sections and the panels will be finished in the same color as that of the body.

There will even be openings for the cooling air. The defining feature of the 4S, which features an all-wheel drive, would be the double bars coming in a titanium color. For the S, the side air intakes placed on the front will have the double bars in black.

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