Porsche Dealers Pleased With Panamera Wagon but Want More From the Sedan

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
porsche dealers pleased with panamera wagon but want more from the sedan

Refuting everything we assumed we knew about the North American car market, some Porsche dealers are claiming the Panamera Wagon is already getting a lot of positive attention. Could that could be down to Porsche offering a more practical seating configuration?

While the rear of the Sport Turismo does provide extra storage space and easier access, it’s not a game changer over the standard sedan. What it does offer is room for five, something the German carmaker couldn’t bring itself to implement on the standard Panamera. Of course, that was likely preordained. Porsche understands most people actually care about the ability to bring all and not just some of their children with them on a journey. By omitting a seat in the sedan, it gave consumers another reason to take a look at the wagon.

Dealers aren’t altogether fond of the seating configurations.

“It’s fair to say that dealers would like to see [five seats] also available in the sedan,” Joe Lawrence, COO of Porsche Cars North America, confessed to Automotive News at the New York auto show. “That’s something we’re discussing, and we’ll see what the future holds.”

Dealers have asked for a five-seater for a while. While the Sport Turismo models accomplish this, some aren’t satisfied with it being the company’s only offering. Still, this should be a good way to keep the two body styles from getting in each other’s way. With identical engines and similar trims, the Turismo needs something else to set it apart when it arrives.

It’s not like the updated sedan is garnering negative attention in the wagon’s shadow. Despite some unexpectedly late delivery dates, sales for the 2017 Panamara came back strong in March.

“It’s really taking off, and we’ve got a great order intake on it,” Lawrence said.

[Image: Porsche]

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  • NeilM NeilM on Apr 25, 2017

    Apparently the Panamera is indeed polarizing, even in our small sample size here. Me, I've tended to like them, and I like this latest iteration too. The price is neither here nor there for the market it addresses; people who pay that much for a car aren't going to worry about $20 or $30 grand either way. A friend of ours has a Panamera. She's a wealthy widow in, I'd guess, her early 70's. She rode in a couple of them while visiting her kids/grandkids in Dubai and bought herself one when she came home. Good on her I say!

  • Kyree Kyree on Apr 27, 2017

    Are they really calling the normal variant a sedan? It's definitely not a sedan, but rather a liftback...like the A7 and the Model S and the Volt.

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