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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]