The auto industry has become so unconventional, so bizarro world, that I became momentarily confused after reading a report that Porsche has a Panamera coupe in development.
Automakers don’t develop new coupes. They develop slightly more curvaceous versions of four-door crossovers and SUVs and call them coupes, but they’re certainly not coupes. Thus, I found myself picturing a curvaceous four-door liftback version of a curvaceous four-door liftback. Reality bent and flexed around me and the universe crumbled.
That’s apparently what Porsche is up to, though, and it’s looking like the two-door version of the Panamera — if built — will serve as a spiritual successor to the long departed 928.
The report from Germany’s AutoBild (via Motor1) claims we could see a grand touring variant of the Panamera sometime next year. Recall that Porsche recently stretched the model into something resembling a wagon — the Panamera Sport Turismo. The Panamera home could find itself hosting a threesome in a year’s time, though there’s a chance the model will appear under a separate name.
Joining this new two-door vehicle in the Porsche lineup is a much more obvious model, AutoBild claims, and that’s the requisite four-door coupe SUV — something Porsche, oddly, does not yet have. Yes, the Cayenne will reportedly gain a swoopier sibling, allowing its largest vehicle to battle the likes of the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.
This model will apparently show its face (and carefully massaged rear end) later this year.
Much later, we can expect an electric version of the Macan SUV, riding atop a new, dedicated EV platform and housing three powerplants of varying grunt. Buyers would be able to choose from outputs of 215 to 430 horsepower. Range is pegged at 310 European miles, which translates into a U.S. driving distance somewhere in the low-to-mid 200-mile range — on par with the Jaguar I-Pace. The Macan EV should appear in 2022.
Four-door coupe SUVs, high-end grand tourer coupes, and electric vehicles. Yup, there’s no mistaking Porsche for anything but a premium German automaker.