We’ve reported earlier that the second-generation Porsche Panamera will arrive on Malaysian soil by the first half of this year. That one’s a given, but to our surprise, Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP or Porsche Malaysia) has confirmed that they will also be introducing the Panamera Sport Turismo – the first ever wagon-styled Porsche.
Compared to its saloon twin, the Sport Turismo gets a new rear profile with a less pronounced sloping roofline. The futuristic active rear wing on the Panamera saloon is swapped out for a high tech adaptive rear spoiler with variable degrees of angulation for all driving speeds.
Boot volume on the Sport Turismo has increased by 25 litres over the standard Panamera, giving it a grand total of 520 litres. Fold the rear seats down and the Sport Turismo can take in 1,390 litres of cargo. The Sport Turismo will come as a five-seater as standard but a four-seater arrangement – just like the standard saloon – can be optioned for.
Standard items on the Sport Turismo include digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, adaptive cruise control, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), Porsche Traction Management (PTM) and four-wheel drive with rear axle steering. Higher range S models get adaptive air suspension as standard.
Like on the Panamera Saloon and Executive, a total of five engine options are available, including a 3.0-litre V6 turbo with 326 hp, 2.9-litre V6 turbo with 434 hp, 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 hybrid with 462 hp, 4.0-litre V8 with 542 hp and a 4.0-litre bi-turbodiesel V8 with 422 hp. Most, if not all of them will be offered here.
When exactly the Panamera Sports Turismo will arrive is unknown for the time being, but for the serious ones, you can probably register your interest with Porsche Malaysia. If you’re a fan of how this looks, perhaps the added practicality would make your family vacations and golfing trips a little bit more convenient.