New Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Shooting Brake Concept is a likely wagon

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It is bound to happen sooner or later for the Porsche lineup. No longer is the company restricted to the Porsche 911-like design. It has moving from a sports car company to a traditional mainstream car company. First we’ve seen the introduction of the Porsche Cayenne crossover, then the Porsche Panamera sedan, and now a wagon. There have been rumors of a Porsche sporty station wagon concept for quite a while, but these first images make those rumors a reality.

The new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Shooting Brake Concept will hit the red carpet at the 2012 Paris Motor Show this week on 28th, and already we get to see what this station wagon concept is all about. It is hard to imagine a Porsche station wagon, but these first images make us have a second thought; it is absolutely doable!

From the looks, the new Panamera Sport Turismo Concept wagon gets design elements from the new Porsche Boxster and 918 Spyder, which are clearly shown in the headlamps and tail lamps. But what we like most is that the new Panamera Sport Turismo Concept wagon will come as a plug-in hybrid variant as well.

More details of the new Panamera Sport Turismo Concept wagon will be available this week, so stay tuned.

Update: 9/26/2012

The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept is measuring 4.95 meters in length, 1.99 meters in width and 1.40 meters in height. Underneath the hood is a plug-in hybrid powertrain that originated from Audi.  The hybrid powertrain composed of the 333-hp 3.0-liter TFSI engine and a 95-hp electric motor. The total power output from both motors is about 416 hp, which is transferred to the rear wheels.

On board is a 9.4-kWh battery pack that can be recharged in two hours to provide about 18.6 miles of driving range on electric alone, with a maximum speed of a range of 30 km, with a maximum speed not exceeding 81 mph. According to the company, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just six seconds. Fuel consumption based on European cycle is estimated at around  3.5 L/100 km, while CO2 emissions is at 82 grams per kilometer.

To promote further fuel efficiency on the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, there will be two driving modes: ‘hybrid’ to engage the electric motor and ‘e-charge’ to recharge the battery pack.