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Porsche‘s hard at work on their new Cajun, a smaller sibling to its popular Cayenne SUV, based on Audi‘s Q5 platform. The Cajun mule was recently spotted out testing in Northern Sweden, revealing little about its design.
What it does reveal is that Porsche plans to have a wider body than the Q5, noted by the black fender flares spotted on the test mule. Porsche will also surely fine tune the chassis and outfit the Cajun with bigger brakes, wheels and tires. And while the powerplants will come from Audi, Porsche is undoubtedly play with them a tad in order to give it more power output than the Q5 counterparts, as well as be more in-line with what Porsche’s all about – performance.
We can probably expect a hybrid Cajun with Audi’s 2.0L TFSI powerplant with 210-hp combined with a 44-hp electric motor. As of now, the Cajun will be produced in 4-door form but rumor has it that we can expect a sportier coupe version down the line.
GALLERY: Porsche Cajun Test Mule
Audi is continuing to dump money into the development of its next generation crossovers, with the brand selling 155,000 Q5s globally last year along with 47,700 Q7s. ”There is no doubt…that crossovers are still selling like hotcakes even though the trend seems to be shifting toward more compact models,” says Audi chairman Rupert Stadler. The high-riding Q5 and Q7 will go on a serious diet for their next-generation.
The redesigned Q5 will drop 220 pounds from its curb weight and the Q7 will lose 650 pounds thanks to a new aluminium body. The Q5 will share the same platform as the all-new Porsche Cajun, set to arrive in 2016, with two new models including the Q4 and Q6. The Q6 will feature a steeply raked windshield and low-slung hatch that will take on the BMW X6. Design ideas for the Q4 are still up in the air regarding the shape of the SUV.
The three main ideas suggested include a hardened off-roader, a more luxurious Acura ZDX competitor or a high performance crossover. Power for both models will come from a new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, with improved efficiency over the current supercharged motor by up to 20 percent. A plug-in hybrid may also be a possibility utilizing a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a 100-hp electric motor.
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.