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Porsche Adds Some Water: Cajun SUV Confirmed

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On: Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 5:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche Adds Some Water: Cajun SUV Confirmed

Porsche has long been known to be developing a baby Cayenne, thought to be named the Cajun. Reports last month indicated that the CUV might be on the chopping block. While we crossed our fingers and hoped those reports came true, Porsche has done us all wrong, instead giving the Cajun the go. The road will soon have one more oversized, fugly 911.

According to Motor Trend, the Cajun crossover got the official nod earlier this week at a supervisory board meeting. The board voted to expand Porsche's offerings, beginning with the smaller SUV. While true Porsche fans despise models like the Cayenne and Panamera, these models have proven themselves in the market. The 2011 Cayenne is currently Porsche's best seller, and the Panamera has helped it increase revenue this year.

Last month, in a conversation with Autocar, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller said that the company was currently reviewing expansion plans. The Cajun was reportedly one of the models that was under consideration, and it was looking like it might meet an early end. Apparently, though, Porsche decided that the business case for the Cajun was solid and gave it the go-ahead. Balls.

The Cajun will be based on the same platform as the Audi Q5. It will reportedly get several powertrains including a 290-hp V6 base and a 340-hp twin-turbo V6 range-topper. It may also borrow the Q5's hybrid powertrain and/or come in a diesel model.

In slimming down from the Cayenne, the Cajun may lose a pair of doors. Audi is reportedly leaning on Porsche/VW to make the Cajun an Evoque-like two-door to help avoid any market conflict with the Q5. Porsche, on the other hand, is looking to use the Cajun to help anchor a sales increase to 150,000 units by 2013, and would prefer more traditional four-door construction.

There's no indication on when the model will launch, but you can expect it to price between the Audi Q5's $35,550 and the Cayenne's $46,700. Porsche may not go through with its current pepper-style naming scheme, and the Cajun may be named something a little less spicy.




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