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Another Spicy Porsche SUV On The Way!

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On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 11:24AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Another Spicy Porsche SUV On The Way!

A little over a year from now we could be witness to the birth of a rarity:  A new Porsche model line. With the success of the Cayenne in its own stable, Porsche suits, specifically new president Mathias Mueller, have decided not to let BMW run away with the small luxury SUV segment dominated recently by the redesigned X3. Porsche also is not comfortable watching the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Volvo XC60, Infiniti EX, or Mercedes GLK eat up the rest of the market, nor are they thrilled about BMW ramping up for a new X4 model, so production has been green-lit and Mueller promises a final design will be in place by year’s end. 

Big design questions still loom over the Cajun, including keeping its name. A traditional small four-door is expected in a ¾ version of the Cayenne much in the same way the X3 mimics the X5; however, there is talk of potentially going for an unusual two-door SUV setup. These models are certainly not common: The Range Rover Sport and RAV4 are the only models that come close to a luxury two-door model, unless, of course, you want to consider a Jeep Wrangler somehow luxury, but it is doubtful the potential Porsche owner will be walking into a Jeep dealership anytime soon. So, there is definitely room for a two-door SUV, but is there any clamor for it from consumers?

The plan is to borrow significantly from sibling-come-competitor company Audi. The Q5 will serve as a donor vehicle for much of the drive train including the engine plus the roof pillars, windshield angle, firewall. The engine is expected to be a 3.0-liter V6 direct-injection producing about 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Other options could include the 3.0-liter V6 diesel or a gasoline-electric hybrid both models will share. Porsche says it plans to use basic Audi hardware, but infuse its own software for driver-integration to make sure the Cajun is unquestionably a Porsche.

All new panels are slated for both the interior and exterior, as well as bigger rims and tires in the 19 and 20-inch range, to help give the Porsche more Porsche-ness. Launch control, carbon-ceramic brakes, and a tuned exhaust system complete with a switch enabled high-flow muffler are all said to be on the option list for the Cajun. What we can expect is that when we finally get the Cajun as a 2013 (or worse yet a 2014) model, we can look forward to a Cajun Turbo S that will no-doubt compete against the upcoming BMW X3 M and current X6 Ms for the title of ‘World’s Fastest, Smaller SUV’ with a twin-turbo motor putting down close to 450 horsepower, but, alas, that is still a few miles down the road.

Pricing is expected to be on par with small SUV competitors, with a base price hovering around the $35,000 mark with options bringing it right up around the base Cayenne fifty grand mark. So, start saving and get down to the Porsche dealership to witness something big, and small that will be sure to… Spice things up in the SUV market.

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