In a recent interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn not only gave credibility to reports that Porsche is planning a new smaller SUV model; he even hinted at the name. Commenting that the new model would be used to increase Porsche’s sales numbers, Winterkorn used the name Cajun to describe the baby Cayenne.
Details about the upcoming volume model are scarce, but it’s certain to ride on a version of the Audi Q5 platform. Possible engine choices include a smaller version of the 3.6-liter V6 currently found in the base-model Cayenne and Panamera, while a more likely possibility is some sort of 4-cylinder (perhaps forced induction) powerplant that could also be used in an entry-level Boxster as well as Porsche’s planned smaller Boxster model.
Almost too obvious is the VW-brand 2.0T engine, but Porsche execs have commented in the past that they’d like to stay away from sharing VW/Audi engine technology in Porsches.
VW’s goal for the Porsche brand is to almost double overall sales, pushing total annual output to roughly 150,000 units using volume sales models.
[Source: Der Spiegel via 4WheelsNews]