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Porsche has confirmed the Cajun compact crossover will head into production, hitting the market in 2013. The news comes as part of an announcement by the German automaker that it has selected its Leipzig plant to assemble the new vehicle alongside the Cayenne and Panamera.
Also of note, Porsche uses the ‘Cajun’ name in its official press release, suggesting that will be the official title given to what will no doubt be the most performance-oriented crossover in its segment.
Based on the same underpinnings as the Audi Q5, reports have suggested the car will be powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine making 300-hp.
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]
Porsche will again move forward with plans to build a new entry-level sports car, as well as a smaller SUV, while expanding its hybrid technology in the years to come. As its own entity, proposals for the baby-Boxster and smaller Cayenne were both axed, but under the new Volkswagen management the cases have been reexamined with the small roadster being given the green light while a compact SUV is still under consideration reports Automotive News.
The smaller Boxster model will join the range around 2013, as a new Boxster model arrives and grows in size. As expected, both Audi and VW could get versions of this roadster – which makes sense considering the first such example of this vehicle was shown as the Volkswagen Bluesport Roadster (above).
As for a smaller Cayenne, it’s expected to be built off the Audi Q5 platform.
In addition to these two models, Porsche will look to expand its hybrid offerings with plug-in hybrid versions of the Cayenne SUV and Panamera that will boost fuel economy even further.
As for the rest of the product lineup, over the next few years we could see a fully electric Boxster if the Boxster EVs that are set to be tested next year prove worthwhile. In addition, we could see a 4-cylinder Boxster in the future, while a Panamera convertible is still under consideration by Porsche exec.
[Source: Automotive News via Cnet]
Porsche feels smaller SUV could pull sales from larger, more profitable, Cayenne
Porsche will not bring a smaller SUV to market fearing it may cannibalize sales of the popular Cayenne. According to a report by AutoCar, Porsche officials have studied the sales numbers for Audi’s Q5 and Q7 and suggest the new Q5 may be stealing away customers from the larger, more expensive SUV. The Cayenne is also a very profitable SUV, representing 50 percent of Porsche’s profits.
Porsche is hoping that the new 2011 model will cater to the needs of a more varied customer base by offering numerous engine options, including V6, V8, Turbo, Diesel and, for the first time, a hybrid model. Along with added power, the new Cayenne lineup is also lighter and more fuel efficient. The standard Cayenne is powered by a new 300-hp V6 with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while Cayenne S models get the same 4.8-liter V8 with power upped to 400-hp. The Turbo makes 500-hp from a twin-turbo version of the 4.8-liter V8 and the Cayenne S Hybrid gets a 3.o-liter V6 engine that supercharged and mated to a 47-hp electric motor for a total of 380-hp and 427 ft-lbs of torque. Porsche claims the Cayenne S Hybrid can travel up to 40 mph on just electric power and can cruise on pure electric power at speeds of up to 97 mph.
Pricing and official fuel economy numbers for the new 2011 Cayenne have yet to be released but we expect to find out more when the second-gen SUV makes its North American premiere at the New York Auto Show next week.
Smaller SUV model also being examined
Porsche has officially confirmed that it is looking at bringing a baby Boxster model to market. Rumored to have been in the works for some time, VW Chairman Dr. Martin Winterkorn told the U.K.’s Autocar that such a sports car is under considreration.
When pressed on the issue, Winterkorn responded; “Let’s just say we do not usually waste our effort…”
According to the report, the sports car, rumored to be called the “new 356″, won’t really be that much under the current Boxster, as Porsche looks to take its Boxster model further up-market. Power would come from a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, making roughly 250-hp. This new model will also share its chassis with Audi’s upcoming R4 electric car.
In addition to the new sports car, Winterkorn also confirmed that Porsche is taking a long, hard look at a smaller SUV to slot in underneath the Cayenne.
Porsche’s new CEO, Dr. Martin Winterkorn, has declared that he expects Porsche to double its annual sales in the next four years.
Winterkorn, who also chairs Germany’s largest automaker Volkswagen, has bold ambitions to expand Porsche’s market share by increasing sales units to 150,000 annually.
While the Cayenne SUV helped Porsche to almost double in size, similar results are expected of the new Panamera sedan. Porsche has so far listed expected sales units for that model to be reasonably low, but that will change once it introduces more affordable V6 powered models.
Reaching that goal, however, will in all likelihood be impossible without additional platforms, leading to increased speculation that Porsche will introduce a model below the Boxster - likely based on the VW Blue Sport concept. Additional sales volume, however, could more easily be made up through the introduction of a more entry-level crossover, which would slot in under the Cayenne. The possibility here, of course, is that this new baby Cayenne would be based on the same architecture as the newly released Audi Q5.
No doubt Porsche purists will not like this news, much in the same way that they threw up their arms in disgust over the Cayenne – a vehicle was necessary to save Porsche from bankruptcy.