Rumors of a baby Cayenne have been around for several years now and have always been realistic, with the certainty that the new model could ride on the same platform that underpins the current Audi Q5. Rumored to be called the Cajun, we’re now hearing initial rumors of its powerplant.
According to a report by Motor Trend, while the Porsche Cajun will be much smaller than its big brother, it won’t be a performance slouch (what Porsche is?), sporting a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 under the hood. The V6 is actually a downsized version of the current 3.6-liter direct-injection unit found in the base Cayenne and Panamera. With smaller displacement, direct-injection, and turbocharging the new 3.0-liter should make a big step forward in reducing overall fuel consumption at Porsche – especially as the Cajun will no doubt be a volume seller for the brand.
This isn’t Porsche’s only move towards cutting fuel economy either, with the next-generation Boxer rumored to get a turbocharged 4-cylinder.
Power for the new engine should be rated at around 350-hp, when the Cajun launches in 2013, with the same engine then being used in the Panamera shortly after that.
Another important note, Porsche may offer the Cajun as both a 2-door and 4-door model in a bid to compete with the new Range Rover Evoque.