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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo revealed, arrives in Australia Q4

Thinking of buying a Porsche Panamera but are too tempted by the practicality of an SUV? How about the new Panamera Sport Turismo then?

Porsche has just revealed the all-new body style, giving Panamera buyers a new wagon-like option for the otherwise sedan-only model. Five different variants will be launched too, giving buyers the full versatility of different powertrains and starting prices.

It’s based on the latest Panamera and as such is subject to all of the latest innovations and technologies. Some of these include the full digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, rear-axle steering, and electronic roll stabilisation. All variants are fitted with Porsche’s clever all-wheel drive system as standard, while all versions coming to Australia will feature adaptive air suspension.

Overall dimensions read 5049mm in length, 1428mm in height, and 1937mm in width, with a 2950mm wheelbase. Compared with the sedan, only the overall height is different, with the wagon sitting 5mm higher.

Being slightly taller helps to allow for three-across seating in the back compared with the sedan’s two-seat layout. Porsche says the outer seats are similar to individual seats, while the middle seat is placed between for a 2+1 layout. Buyers will be able to option for two rear seats only if they wish.

In the back, cargo space is rated at 520 litres (425L for E-Hybrid), which is 20L more than the sedan. With the rear seats folded down, that 20L extra turns into around 50L extra, at 1390L (1295L E-Hybrid). The rear seats use a 40:20:40 split-fold system.

As for the powertrain options, Australian buyers will be able to select between the Panamera 4 with its 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 243kW and 450Nm. There’s also the 340kW E-Hybrid, 324kW 4S, 310kW 4S Diesel, and the Panamera Turbo and its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 belting out 404kW.

The new model is on sale now from the following starting prices, with deliveries scheduled to commence from around November (prices exclude on-roads):

Porsche Panamera 4 Sport Turismo – $232,800
Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo – $255,800
Porsche Panamera 4S Sport Turismo – $318,100
Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel Sport Turismo – $325,900
Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo – $391,000

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.